Protesting farmer leaders on Saturday remained agency on their demand of an entire repeal of the three contentious farm legal guidelines and mentioned their fast focus is on the January 26 tractor parade. The union leaders mentioned the following plan of action can be determined solely after the tractor parade. Farmer leaders held a marathon assembly on Saturday to rethink the federal government’s proposal to place the legislations on maintain for 18 months, however no consensus could possibly be reached.
This got here a day after the federal government requested the farmer leaders to revert by Saturday in case they comply with its proposal to droop the legislations.
“Because the starting of our agitation, our demand may be very clear. We would like an entire repeal of those three legal guidelines, and we is not going to accept something lower than the repeal of the brand new farm legal guidelines,” Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni mentioned.
He mentioned that farmer unions are at present specializing in their proposed January 26 tractor parade, and after Republic Day, they’ll resolve on the following plan of action.
Not like the final 10 rounds of talks between the federal government and the farmer union leaders, the 11th spherical on Friday noticed either side hardening their positions. They may not even attain a call on the following date for a gathering.
This adopted a giant climbdown made by the Centre within the talks on Wednesday when it provided to droop the legal guidelines for 1-1.5 years and kind a joint committee to seek out options, in return for protesting farmers going again to their respective properties from Delhi borders.
Hundreds of farmers, principally from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been tenting at a number of Delhi border factors since November 28 final yr, demanding a repeal of three farm legal guidelines and a authorized assure on MSP for his or her crops.
Enacted in September final yr, the three legal guidelines have been projected by the Centre as main reforms within the agriculture sector that may take away middlemen and permit farmers to promote their produce anyplace within the nation.
Nonetheless, the protesting farmers have expressed their apprehension that the brand new legal guidelines would pave the way in which for eliminating the security cushion of MSP and dispose of the ‘mandi’ (wholesale market) system, leaving them on the mercy of huge corporates.
(With PTI inputs)