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Farmers protest: PM Modi says proposal to halt new laws for 1.5 yrs is still on

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the government’s earlier proposal to halt the implementation of the new farm laws for 1.5 years is still on. The government is trying to resolve a deadlock with protesting farmers who say the farm laws favour corporates and harm them.

The proposal to halt the implementation of laws for 18 months was earlier rejected by the farmers. The PM made the offer at the all-party meeting held on Saturday before the presentation of the Union Budget on Monday. The meeting took place a day after 20 opposition parties lend their support to the protesting farmers. The parties also boycotted the President’s address to a joint sitting of parliament.

Opposition parties have condemned the violence during the farmers’ tractor rally but also demanded a probe into how outsiders infiltrated the farmers’ movement.

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“During the All-Party meet, PM Narendra Modi assured that the government has an open mind on the farmers’ issue. The PM said the government’s stand is the same as it was on January 22 – the proposal by the Agriculture Minister still stands,” Union Minister Pralhad Joshi said.

“He reiterated what the agriculture minister said that that he is a phone call away for talks,” Joshi said.

So far the government and farmers have had eleven rounds of talks and the latter have rejected the proposals made so far. Last week, agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar had after the latest rejection said “the ball is in your court now”.

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The farmers’ tractor rally during Republic Day ended in violence when groups of farmers and others clashed with police. One farmer died during the incident and several cops were injured.

About the violence at the Red Fort, PM Modi said “the law will take its course”. Delhi Police has issued notice to several farm leaders who say the government is trying to end the protest by blaming them for chaos. Earlier today the Home Ministry suspended internet services in Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri where the protests are going on.