2020 Indian Farmers Protest Highlights: Tenth round of talks between farmer unions and Centre took place at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Wednesday’s talks were being seen as crucial given farmers’ proposed tractor rally on January 26. The Centre discussed the farm laws clause-by-clause while farmers pushed for the total withdrawal of laws. In the last meeting held on January 15, both the sides stuck to their stated positions leading to no resolution even after nine rounds of talks on the issues.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court asked the Centre to withdraw its plea against proposed tractor rally by farmers on Republic Day. The court saidthat it will not pass any order on plea against proposed tractor rally or any other kind of protest by farmers on Republic Day. During the hearing, the CJI said, “We have said that it is for the Police to decide. We are not going to pass the orders. You are the authority to take action.”
Wednesday’s talks assume significance as this comes just a week before the Republic Day. The farmers have announced that they will take out tractor rallies on Republic Day on January 26. Last week, the Centre moved the Supreme Court against the proposed tractor rally, saying it would disturb the ceremony and law and order situation in the national capital. The court, however, said that it won’t decide on who can enter or not enter the city. It left it to the Delhi Police to take a call on a proposed tractor rally. Here are the key highlights of the meeting.