Like the first round, the second round of discussion between the Centre and the representatives of the protesting farmers remained inconclusive on Thursday. The next meeting with the farmers for a resolution will take place on Saturday, informed Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
Notably, the farmer leaders continued their demand for the repeal of the contentious farm laws that were passed by the Centre amid a severe criticism of the Opposition. The farmers also refused to accept the food and refreshments offered to them by the government during the eight-hour-long meeting. They had the food that they had brought with them.
Valid concerns will be addressed, says govt
Meanwhile, the government assured the farmers’ representatives that all their valid concerns would be addressed. The agriculture ministry tweeted that doubts of farmers were addressed by Narendra Singh Tomar, who led the government side at the talks. A government source said the meeting would resume on Saturday as no final outcome could be reached due to paucity of time.
Union leaders, who came out of the meeting venue shouting slogans, said the talks remained deadlocked and some of them threatened to boycott any further meetings if no solution was found at Thursday’s meeting.
“Discussions are over from our side. Our leaders have said they will not attend further meetings if a solution is not given today by the government,” said Pratibha Shinde, AIKSCC (All India Kishan Sangharsh Coordination Committee) working group member and president of Lok Sangharsh Morcha, which represents farmers of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
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Another farmer leader Kulwant Singh Sandhu said the government made many proposals including on MSP and procurement system, which would be discussed among the farmer organisations on Friday, before the next meeting with the government on Saturday.
Thousands camping at Delhi borders
Thousands of protesting farmers are camping at Delhi borders after bracing police batons, water cannons and tear gas on their way to Delhi. While the farmers want to stage their protest at Jantar Mantar, the Centre wants the protestors to move to Burari ground on the outskirts of the national capital.
The farmers protest on Thursday entered the seventh day and has resulted in severe criticism of the Centre and BJP governments in the state for its poor handling.
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