Farmers protesting the center’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.
Farmers have called a strike
The farmers have also called a nationwide shutdown on Tuesday (December 8) with farmers’ unions threatening to block all roads to the national capital. They have also said they’ll occupy all highway toll gates across the country.
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The government has reiterated that the new laws give the farmers an option to sell to private buyers. A petition filed in the Supreme Court on Friday sought immediate removal or shifting of the protesting farmers.
“Life of lakhs of people protesting at Delhi Borders is at immediate threat. If by chance this coronavirus disease takes the shape of community spread, it will cause havoc in the country,” said the petition.
The farmers who faced barricades, water cannons, and tear gas during their march to Delhi have cut off major entrances to Delhi.
Traffic on key roads connecting Delhi to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have been blocked.
Wide-spread support for farmers
The farmers have found support from several Bollywood actors, sports personalities, political leaders, and transport unions.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal became the first to return his award in protest against the treatment of the protesting farmers by the Centre.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have also supported the farmers’ cause.
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