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Farmers’ groups from Gujarat extend support to ‘Bharat Bandh’ call

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Several farmers’ bodies in Gujarat have extended their support to the nationwide strike called by the farmers’ unions camping on the outskirts of Delhi against the contentious farm laws passed by the Centre.

A meeting in this regard was convened by Gujrat Khedut Samaj and Gujarat Kisan Sabha on Sunday.

Notably, the farmers’ groups decided to extend their support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call of the protesting farmers on Tuesday. It said that protests will be held across Gujarat by various farmers’ organisations on December 10. It has also said that it will send farmers from Gujarat who will take part in the Delhi protest from December 12.

This apart, it was also decided that a Kisan Sansad would be held at Satyagrah Chhavni in Gandhinagar on December 11 after acquiring all the required permissions for the same.

Gujarat Congress stages protest

The Gujarat Congress on Sunday staged a protest at Gandhinagar’s Sector-6 against the contentious farm laws recently enacted by the Centre. All India Congress Committee’s Gujarat in-charge Rajiv Satav and party leaders Amit Chavda and Hardik Patel took part in the protest along with party MLAs.

Notably, the party had earlier protested against the farm laws in Ahmedabad. However, the protest resulted in a major embarrassment for Congress because of a poor turnout of supporters.

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During Sunday’s protest, Rajiv Satav said that the Congress will support the nationwide strike called by the protesting farmers on Tuesday—a stand already clarified by the party’s high command.

Talks inconclusive

Farmers protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws will have another round of talks on Wednesday after Saturday’s meeting yielded no breakthrough on the issue. Farmers are demanding a repeal of the three farm laws. The government, during the meeting, told farmers that it needs more time for internal discussion and will come back with a proposal on December 9.

During the talks, farmers demanded a point-wise written reply to the queries they had raised in the last meeting. Farmers, during the talks at Vigyan Bhawan, said that they need a solution or commitment. 

Farm leaders have said that they will end their protests only after the government promises a complete rollback of the farm laws.

Home Minster Amit Shah has met Rajnath Singh, and Piyush Goyal apart from Tomar several times this week over the issue, media reports said. 

Earlier during the talk on Thursday farmers’ representatives made a 39-point presentation on the inadequacies of the laws. They have demanded written assurance on the MSP and said piecemeal changes will not do.

 

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