Farmers Protest 2020, Indian Farmers Protest News Update: The 9th rounds of talks are underway at Vigyan Bhawan. The meeting comes three days after the SC stayed the implementation of farm laws and formed a four-member committee to break the deadlock.
Farmers have been protesting for months against the three farm laws. (ANI)
2020 Indian Farmers Protest News Update: The ninth rounds of talks between farmers and government remained inconclusive with both sides sticking to their positions. Farmers stuck to their demand of repeal of the three laws but the Centre said that it wanted to discuss the laws point-by-point. Next round of talks will take place on January 19.
After meeting ended, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that today’s talks with farmers unions were not decisive. “We will hold talks again on 19th January. We are positive to reach a solution through talks. The government is concerned about the farmers protesting in cold conditions,” the minister said.
On Rahul Gandhi protesting against the farm acts, Narendra Singh Tomar said that the “Congress party laughs at statements and actions of Rahul Gandhi, it mocks at him”. He said that he would like to tell Gandhi that the Congress had promised to bring these reforms in 2019 election manifesto. “If he doesn’t remember, he should read the manifesto again,” the minister said. “If it is mentioned in the manifesto, then Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi should appear before the media and accept that they were either lying at that time or are lying now,” the Agriculture Minister added.
Speaking to reporters, Rakesh Tikait said that the farmers won’t appear before the Supreme Court. He said they will demand the Centre to take back the three laws. He said farmers’ demands remain the same – withdrawal of laws and laws on MSP.
This round of talks came three days after the Supreme Court stayed the implementation of three farm laws and formed a four-member committee to initiate a dialogue with protesting farmers to break the months-long stalemate. Among the members named for the committee were Anil Ghanwat of Shetkari Sanghatana, BKU President Bhupinder Singh Mann, Pramod Kumar Joshi and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati. On Thursday, Mann recused himself from the committee following a controversy about his stated position on farm laws.
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BJP chief JP Nadda yesterday targeted opposition parties over the new farm laws, saying they had earlier promised agricultural reforms but now they were supporting those agitating against the Centre. In his address at the 51st anniversary of Tamil magazine 'Thughlaq', Nadda said the opposition parties lacked the political will and courage to take bold decisions unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the interest of the nation. The opposition parties had assured in their own manifestos that farming reforms will be brought in, he said. "They themselves wrote that APMC (Agricultural Produce Marketing committees) have to go or needs changes. They mentioned that Essential Commodities Act is an age-old law that needs to be amended," he said.