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Farmer Unions Agree To Talk To Centre On Dec 29

New Delhi: The protesting farmer unions on Saturday determined to renew their dialogue with the Centre, and proposed December 29 for the following spherical of talks to finish the impasse over the three newly enacted farm legal guidelines, however made it clear that the modalities for its repeal and assure for MSP must be a part of the agenda.

The choice by the agitating farmers to carry one other spherical of talks with the federal government was taken at a gathering of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella physique of 40 farmer unions protesting at varied Delhi border factors towards the farm legal guidelines for greater than a month.

The choice additionally got here a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that his authorities is keen to carry talks with all, together with its staunch critics, so long as they’re primarily based on farm points, details and logic, and squarely blamed political rivals for the stalemate within the Centre-farmer unions talks.

In the meantime, Union Residence Minister Amit Shah additionally urged the protesting farmers to resolve their points via discussions.

In a letter to Joint Secretary within the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Vivek Aggarwal, the Morcha mentioned, “We propose that the next meeting between the farmers’ representatives and the Government of India be held on December 29 2020 at 11 am.”

“As the government is willing to hold talks with us, and asking for a date and about our issues, we have proposed to hold a dialogue on December 29. Now, the ball is in the government’s court, when it calls us for talks,” Bhartiya Kisan Union chief Rakesh Tikait advised PTI.

Addressing a press convention, farmer leaders mentioned the modalities for the repeal of three farm legal guidelines and assure for MSP — minimal help value at which the federal government procures crops from farmers — must be a part of the agenda for resuming talks with the federal government.

The farmers additionally determined to accentuate their agitation, with farmer chief Darshan Pal saying {that a} tractor march might be held on Kundli-Manesar-Palwal freeway on December 30. He requested folks from Delhi and different elements of nation to come back and have a good time New Yr with protesting farmers.

One other farmer chief, Rajinder Singh, mentioned,”we are going to march from Singhu to Tikri to KMP. We ask farmers from surrounding states to come back in big numbers of their trolleys and tractors. If the government doesn’t need us to dam the KMP freeway, then they higher announce the repeal of the three farm legal guidelines.”

Earlier this week, Aggarwal had written to the 40 protesting unions and invited them for contemporary talks, however made it clear that it could not be “logical” to incorporate within the agenda any new demand associated to the MSP, which is out of the purview of the three new farm legal guidelines.

Responding to the federal government’s letter, SKM in its communication mentioned, “unfortunately, your (Aggarwal’s) letter continues the government’s attempt to mislead the public by suppressing true facts about the deliberations in the previous meetings. We have consistently demanded the repeal of the three Central Farm Acts, whereas the government has distorted our position as if we were asking for amendments to these Acts.”

The letter additional added that “If you are sincere about respectfully listening to farmers, as you say in your letter, the government must not indulge in misinformation about the previous meetings. The campaign launched by the entire state machinery to defame and malign the farmers’ movement must stop forthwith.”

In a associated growth, Rashtriya Loktantrik Occasion (RLP) convenor and Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal introduced a break up from the BJP-led Nationwide Democratic Alliance (NDA) over these farm legal guidelines.

“I am not stuck with Fevicol with the NDA. Today, I separate myself from the NDA,” Beniwal mentioned whereas addressing a farmers’ rally in Shahjahanpur in Alwar district.

Attacking the Congress, the BJP alleged that the opposition celebration desires to transform peaceable farmers’ protest into “bloodshed”, and accused the Punjab authorities of orchestrating an assault on BJP employees within the state throughout an occasion to have a good time former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday.

“If there is any bloodshed or loss (of life) in the coming days, then the Congress and the left parties will be responsible,” BJP basic secretary Dushyant Gautam advised a press convention, alleging that Congress’ Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu in a media assertion had mentioned that the farmers’ protest won’t finish “and to achieve our objective we can even pile up bodies, shed blood and go to any extent”.

In Bengaluru, former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy mentioned India’s picture is taking successful globally due to the continued farmers’ protest and urged Modi to finish the stalemate.

He additionally requested farmers to have an open thoughts in the direction of experimenting with the brand new legal guidelines, as advised by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

1000’s of farmers have been tenting at three Delhi border factors — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur — for practically a month, demanding the repeal of those farm legal guidelines, enacted in September, and a authorized assure on minimal help value.

Whereas the federal government has introduced these legal guidelines as main reforms aimed toward serving to farmers, protesting unions have maintained these acts will depart them on the mercy of massive corporates by weakening the mandi and MSP programs.

Additionally on Saturday, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Hooda reiterated his stand of bringing a no-confidence movement towards the federal government within the Meeting, saying “many Independent MLAs have withdrawn support from the government”.

Two Impartial MLAs — Sombir Sangwan and Balraj Kundu — have withdrawn help to the state authorities, whereas most of the 10 legislators of the Jannayak Janta Occasion (JJP) have overtly come out in help of the farmers protesting towards the Centre’s three farm legal guidelines.

“In this battle between the farmers and the government, many legislators of coalition partner JJP have also spoken in support of the farmers. It is clear that the BJP-JJP coalition government has lost not only support from the public, but also the confidence of its own legislators,” Hooda mentioned.

(With PTI Inputs)

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