Farmers' Protest: 'Agitation to continue', say farmers as talks hit roadblock; no date for next meet announced | Highlights
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The government's negotiations with protesting farm unions hit a roadblock on Friday as the farmer leaders stuck to their demands for a complete repeal of three farm laws they find pro-corporate and a legal guarantee for MSP, even as the Centre asked them to reconsider its proposal for putting the Acts on hold for 12-18 months.
Unlike the last 10 rounds of talks, the 11th round could not even reach a decision on the next date for the meeting as the government also hardened its position saying it is ready to meet again once the unions agree to discuss the suspension proposal. This followed a big climbdown made by the Centre during the last round when they offered to suspend the laws and form a joint committee to find solutions. Farmer leaders said they will intensify their agitation now and alleged that the government's approach was not right during the meeting.
Here are the LIVE Updates from the Big Story:
5:45 pm: The minister made us wait for three & a half hours. This is an insult to farmers. When he came, he asked us to consider the govt's proposal & said that he is ending the process of meetings... The agitation will continue peacefully: SS Pandher, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee
5:40 pm: As planned, the tractor rally will take place on January 26: Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bhartiya Kisan Union
5:30 pm: During the meeting, the government offered to put the implementation of the farm laws on hold for two years and said that the next round of meeting can take place only if farmer unions are ready to accept the proposal: Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bhartiya Kisan Union
5:20 pm: Delhi: Eleventh round of meetings between farmer unions and the government over the three farm laws ends. "No date for the next meeting has been fixed by the government," says Surjeet Singh Phul, State President of BKU Krantikari (Punjab).
5:10 pm: Since then, farmer leaders have been waiting for the minister to return to the meeting: Shiv Kumar Kakka, National President, Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh
4:45 pm: Before the lunch break, farmer leaders reiterated their demand for the repeal of the farm laws & govt said they are ready for amendments. The minister asked us to consider govt's proposal & we asked him to consider ours. After that, the minister left the meeting: Shiv Kumar Kakka
4:30 pm: We gave a proposal to farmers and if they have a better proposal then they can come to us: Government
3:40 pm: Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti on Friday said the Centre and protesting farmers should ensure that stubbornness and ego do not come in the way of resolving differences over the new agri-marketing laws. The former Union minister said it is after a gap of more than 30 years that farmers have gathered near Delhi to push for their demands.
3:25 pm: The farmers stir against the three contentious farm laws is expected to reach its zenith with the #FarmersParade alongside the Republic Day parade on January 26 when they wish to showcase the might of the "kisan" along with the "jawans".
3:10 pm: Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government over the ongoing farmers' agitation, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Friday said the Centre has shown 'shocking insensitivity and arrogance' towards the farmers.
2:45 pm: Almost all non-NDA parties have announced plans to intensify the stir against the three new farm laws and participate in the farmers' long march in Mumbai on January 25 and the massive farmers' agitation in New Delhi scheduled for January 26.
2:30 pm: Farmer unions during the meet told the government they want a complete repeal of three contentious farm laws even as the Centre asked them to reconsider its proposal for putting the Acts on hold for 12-18 months.
2:15 pm: CWC (Congress Working Committee) passed a resolution on farmers; also to thank scientists and appeal to people to come forward for COVID vaccination. Resolution also passed over the Joint Parliamentary Committee investigation into WhatsApp chat leak.
1:50 pm: The 11th round of talks between farmer leaders and the Central Government has begun at the Vigyan Bhawan.
12:10 pm: Delhi: Farmer leaders and representatives reach the Vigyan Bhawan building to participate in the 11th round of talks with the government over the three new farm laws.
11:45 am: 'Kisans'(farmers) have started coming to the outer Ring Road & they will come. We can't change the program. The rally will be held as declared: Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha, on the declared farmers' rally on Jan 26, Republic Day in Delhi
11:25 am: There isn't much expectation. Govt made proposals which we took to leadership & general body. After discussion almost unitedly they rejected proposals. Govt must understand movement's mood & work accordingly: H Mollah, All India Kisan Sabha Gen Sec, on upcoming govt-farmer talks
11:10 am: In today's meeting we will discuss MSP and repeal of the three farm laws: SS Pandher, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee
11:00 am: Govt's strategy was to throw a net at us, to hide poison inside sweets. They want to end protests somehow. In our meeting, it was unanimously decided that we reject their proposal: SS Pandher, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee. 11th round of Centre-farmers talks to take place today.
10:50 am: As the protesting farmer unions turned down the Centre's proposal of suspending the contentious farm laws for 18 months, the Congress on Thursday said this rejection of the government's "lollipop" by the farmers' signals their "awakening".
10:40 am: However, Jagjit Singh Dalewal of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Sindhupur), one of the 41 union leaders participating in the negotiations with the government, said a final decision is yet to be taken on the government's proposal and various union leaders were still discussing the matter.
10:30 am: "In a full general body meeting of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha today, the proposal put forth by the government yesterday, was rejected. A full repeal of three central farm acts and enacting legislation for remunerative MSP for all farmers were reiterated as the pending demands of the movement," Samkyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of protesting unions, said in a statement.
10:20 am: Meanwhile, some farmer leaders said a final decision is yet to be taken on the proposal and the next course of action will depend on Friday's meeting with the government.
10:00 am: A day before the government's crucial 11th round of talks with protesting farmers, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday night met senior BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah. The meeting followed a statement from the umbrella body of agitating unions, Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, that it has rejected the government's offer to put on hold the three contentious farm laws for one to 1.5 years and set up a joint committee to reach an amicable solution.
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