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Farmers protest: Gujarat Congress to hold protests in each district in support

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The Gujarat Congress will hold protests across all districts in the state in support of the farmers’ agitation against the Farm Bills passed by the Centre.

The farmers’ protest in Delhi is gaining momentum among other farmers’ organisations in the state. Recently, several farmers’ and labour organisations had submitted representations before district collectors against the bills.

The Congress will be organising agitation across the districts on Friday to protest the bills that the party says will make the farmers bonded labourers of corporates. Congress is demanding that the BJP withdraw the newly introduced bills and agree to the farmers’ demand.

Farmers-govt still in deadlock

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.

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Farmers have demanded a 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

The government has assured the farmers’ representatives that all their valid concerns will 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.

 

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