Ready to hold talks with Centre but stand remains same: Farmer leaders

Ready to hold talks with Centre but stand remains same: Farmer leaders

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Protesting farmer leaders on Wednesday reiterated that an entire repeal of three farm laws and legal guarantee on MSP are their main demands, after the govt said it had been able to resume talks and asked them to means their objections to the provisions of legislation.

“Our main demands have always been the repeal of the three laws and a written guarantee on MSP. These are the most issues, and this why we are protesting, and that we will keep protesting. We are prepared to continue till 2024.“Our stand remains an equivalent . Repeal the three laws, give us a written guarantee on MSP, if the govt is prepared to speak on this, then we are ready. Now, it’s up to the govt to make a decision about the meeting,” said farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday said the govt is prepared to resume talks with protesting farmers but asked the unions to means their objections to the provisions of the three farm laws with sound logic.

Kakka, however, acknowledged that the issues with laws had already been acknowledged within the 11 rounds of talks that had happened between the govt and therefore the farmers.

“The government doesn’t want us to inform the issues with the laws. That we’ve already done. It essentially wants to speak to us as long as it’s about anything besides the black laws. we’ve sacrificed quite 555 farmers, and have sat in protest for over six months, therefore the agriculture minister’s statement today is strange and irresponsible,” the farmer leader said.

The last round of talks was persisted January 22 to interrupt the deadlock and end the farmers’ protest. Talks haven’t resumed following widespread violence during a tractor rally by protesting farmers on January 26.

Talking about the government’s approach towards resolving the deadlock on the farmers’ issue, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) during a statement on Wednesday said that the government’s attitude towards resolving the difficulty was “anti-farmer”.

“While the prime minister superciliously says that the govt is simply one call away, the important anti-farmer attitude of the govt is extremely apparent. Protesting farmers repeat and reiterate that the government’s attitude is unjustifiable and unreasonable and rests on ego and optics’ games. Farmers demand a full repeal of the three central laws and replacement legislation to ensure MSP for all farmers,” the SKM said during a statement. Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana, and western Uttar Pradeshare camping at Delhi’s borders for quite six months in protest against the three laws that they assert will end state procurement of crops at MSP. The Supreme Court has placed on hold the implementation of the three laws till further orders and found out a committee to seek out solutions.

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