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Farmers stir enters 46th day;Haryana CM progrm called off in Karnal after vandalism at venue & police crackdown

SC to hear Farmers issue tomorrow; 9th next round of talks with Govt. on Jan 15

Farmers stir enters 46th day; Haryana CM program called off in Karnal after the vandalism of venue & police crackdown

Farmers’ stir today entered 46th day with protests and dharnas at the entry points of the national capital while the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today called off his meeting with Farmers after the protesters opposing the Centre’s three farm laws vandalized the stage at the venue in a village in Karnal and police burst tear gas shells and fired water cannon to surging crowds of farmers.

The Chief Minister, later .addrssed a press conference and accused the opposition of the incident. Media outlets reported from the ground that farmers gathered at the venue raising slogans to repeal ‘Black Farm Laws’ while a number of them were standing on the highway to lodge a protest and wave black flags. As they started marching towards the site, police broke out. Mr. Khattar tp attend the Kisan Mahpanchayat there. 

The next round of talks of farmers’ leades with the government is slated for Jan 15 but both sides are sticking to their stands on the rollback of bills. Mr. Khattar today said there was no question on withdrawal of bills but other points can be discussed.

The Eight-round of talks between the agitating farmers’ leaders and the government’s representative has failed to break the protracted logjam over the farmers’ insistence on the repeal of the farm laws.

Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Railways, Commerce and Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal and Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Prakash participated in the 8th round of talks with the representatives of 41 Farmers’ Unions at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today.

Once again they appealed to the Farmers’ Unions for point-wise discussion of suggested amendments to the Farm Laws. an official statement after the talks said.

Mr. Tomar said that the Farm Laws have been made keeping in mind the benefits of farmers throughout the country. The government is concerned about farmers and wants the agitation to end but due to no solutions, forthcoming issues could not be resolved.

The Agriculture Minister said that the Farmers’ Unions have kept the agitation disciplined, this is praiseworthy. He said that the government is willing to continue discussions with an open mind, if the talks proceed, the possible solutions can be found in a logical way.

 

The Farmers’ Unions have asked for a repeal of the laws, the government again suggested amendments. In spite of lengthy discussions no solution emerged, therefore it was decided that the next round of talks will take place on 15th January 2021.

Briefing media after the eighth round of talks, He said, discussion on the farm laws was taken up, but no decision could be made. He said, the government urged that if farmer unions give an option other than repealing, it will consider it, but no option could be presented, so the meeting was concluded.

The Minister said those supporting the protest are of the view that the laws are repealed and there are many others who support the laws. He said, the government is continuously talking to the unions who want these laws be repealed and it will also give the appointment to those supporting the laws when they request the government

The Supreme Court has on Wednesday fixed hearing on January 11 on a batch of pleas challenging the new farm laws as and issues related to the ongoing protest at Delhi borders.“We understand the situation and encourage consultation. We can adjourn the matters on Monday (11 January) if you submit the same due to the ongoing consultation process,” the apex court bench said while hearing a plea challenging the farm laws.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde, which had observed that there is no improvement on the ground regarding farmers’ protests, was told by the Centre that “healthy discussions” are going on between the government and farmers over these issues.

Attorney General KK Venugopal said there is a good chance that parties may come to a conclusion in the near future and filing of response by the Centre on the pleas challenging the new farm laws might foreclose the negotiations between the farmers and government.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, while informing the bench that talks are going on between the government and farmers in a “healthy atmosphere”, said that these matters should not be listed for hearing on 8 January.

Farmers are insistent on the repeal of laws while the government in the last meeting again said it was ready to discuss issues clause by clause, virtually sounding the rollback of the laws was not feasible.

 

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