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Protesting farmers want Boris Johnson to cancel his India visit till their demands are met

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Farmers protesting against the Centre’s contentious farm laws have said that they will write to British politicians requesting them to stop the visit of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to India till their demands are met.

Notably, India has invited Johnson as the chief guest of the Republic Day celebrations that has been accepted by him. In an official statement on December 15, Johnson said, “I am absolutely delighted to be visiting India next year at the start of an exciting year for Global Britain, and look forward to delivering the quantum leap in our bilateral relationship that Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and I have pledged to achieve.”

A farmer leader from Punjab, Kulwant Singh Sandhu, said, “The UK Prime Minister is scheduled to visit India on January 26. We are writing to British MPs asking them to stop him from visiting India till the time farmers’ demands are not met by the Indian government.”

SC asks Centre to put farm laws on hold

The Supreme Court had on Thursday asked the Union government to consider putting the controversial farm laws on hold. It also reiterated its suggestion to constitute a committee comprising of all stakeholders for negotiations to put an end to the stalemate between the protesting farmers and the government.

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Notably, several rounds of discussions between the Centre and the agitating farmers’ leaders have remained inconclusive. While the Centre is promising amendments in the three farm laws to pacify the farmers, the latter is not ready to settle down for anything less than the scrapping of the contentious laws.

However, the Union government is not ready to scrap the farm laws. In fact, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the government is ready to have a clause by clause discussion with the farmers.

So far, over 30 protesting farmers have lost their lives. The toll includes the deaths due to road accidents as well as due to the cold wave conditions prevalent in northern India.

 

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