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Farmers’ leaders stage one-day hunger strike against Centre’s farm laws

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Farmers’ leaders who are protesting against the Centre’s recently enacted farm laws have intensified their agitation. They have sat on a one-day hunger strike on Monday and staged demonstrations across the country. The hunger strike is part of the farmers’ plans to intensify protests from today.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia are also observing a one-day fast in solidarity with the protesting farmers, while urging people to also observe fast for a day. Meanwhile, more farmers have joined the protest at the Singhu and Tikri borders as talks with the government remained inconclusive.

Talks with Centre soon

As farmers intensify their protest against the Centre’s three farm laws, Union Minister Kailash Choudhary on Sunday said the government will soon decide a date and call union leaders for the next round of talks.

Previous five rounds of talks between the central government and representatives of 40 farmer unions remained inconclusive.

The sixth round of talks did not take place after farmer leaders rejected the government’s draft proposal to amend certain provisions of the farm laws and declined to participate in the meeting.

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The government has made it clear that it is ready for discussion anytime. But the farmer unions have said they would come for talks only if the laws are repealed.

BJP slams Kejriwal for fast

Slamming Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the call for a day-long fast in support of the framers’ protest, Union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that this is nothing but hypocrisy. However, Manish Sisodia reacted to the tweet and attacked Prakash Javadekar.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Javadekar said “@ArvindKejriwal this is your hypocrisy. You promised amendment to APMC Act in Punjab assembly elections. You notified one farm law in Delhi in November 2020 and you are on fast today. Nothing but hypocrisy.”

Future strategy of farmers

Jasveer Singh Virk, a senior farmer leader, at the Ghazipur border said, “We will have a strategy meeting at Ghazipur at 5 pm today. Then we will have a meeting at the Singhu border at 11 am tomorrow to plan for the next step. Agitation will be intensified further but in consultation with all. The increasing number of protesters at several borders is our strategy. The government wants to divide us by holding meetings with few farmers so we are also making a strategy to bring here as many farmers as possible.

 

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