The latest round of talks between farmers and the centre remained inconclusive on the sixth day of farmers’ agitation as they remained firm in their stand.
Protesting farmers Tuesday accepted the central government’s offer to hold talks later in the day whereas many as 35 farmer representatives deliberated with the government leaders. The delegation that participated in the dialogue with the union ministers led by Rajnath Singh included not only farmer leaders from Punjab but also their counterparts from the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee.
The farmer organisations reportedly turned down the centre’s proposal to form a five-member committee with government representatives and agricultural experts in the mix to look into issues related to the new farm laws. Meanwhile, another farmers organisation called the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) refused to participate in the meeting, citing limited invitations to the farmer leaders and the Prime Minister’s absence in the meeting. They further accused the government of trying to divide the farmer organisations by not inviting a 500-member committee which was also there, as reported by the New Indian Express.
Speaking to the press after the meeting concluded, Union Agricultural Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, “The meeting was good and we have decided that the talks will be held on 3rd December. We wanted a small group to be constituted but farmers’ leaders wanted that the talks should be held with everyone. We do not have (a) problem with it.” “We appeal to the farmers to suspend the protests and come for the talks. However, this decision depends on farmers’ unions and farmers,” Tomar added.
On the other hand, the All India Kisan Federation President Prem Singh Bhangoor made the farmer leaders’ stand clear, indicating hardened resistance. “Today’s meeting was good & some progress was made. During our next meet on 3rd Dec with govt, we’ll convince them that no clause of Farm law is pro-farmer. Our agitation will continue,” Singh told ANI.
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