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Farmers' Protest Updates: Govt pegs hope on 11 Jan SC hearing as eighth round of talks fail

Farmers' protest LIVE Updates: The eighth round of talks between the government and representatives of protesting unions ended without any outcome on Friday and the next meeting is likely to take place on 15 January, sources said.

FP Staff January 08, 2021 18:39:05 IST
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Farmers' Protest Updates: Govt pegs hope on 11 Jan SC hearing as eighth round of talks fail

Farmers shout slogans while riding a tractor at the Ghazipur border. PTI

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Jan 08, 2021 - 18:53 (IST)

JP Nadda to go to Bengal to reach out to farmers

BJP president JP Nadda will reach out to farmers in poll-bound West Bengal on Saturday by addressing them in Burdwan and also kickstart his party's door-to-door rice collection, aimed at underlining its "commitment" to peasants' growth, progress and prosperity.
 
Party chief spokesperson Anil Baluni said Nadda will spend most of the day with farmers of Jagdanandpur village during his day-long trip to the state. The BJP chief will hold a roadshow from Burdwan Clock Tower to Lord Curzon Gate in Burdwan and address a press conference too.

Jan 08, 2021 - 18:25 (IST)

Have discussed 50% of issues with farmer leaders, says Tomar

"We will follow whatever direction the SC will give in the matter. We are still hopeful of having a resolution said Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar adding that "We had discussed over 50 percent of the issues with farmer leaders."

Jan 08, 2021 - 17:56 (IST)

No solution except repealing farm laws, says Congress on farmers' protests

On a day farmers are holding the eighth round of talks with the government, the Congress on Friday said there is no solution except repealing the three farm laws.

The Congress also stepped up the offensive against the government by launching an online campaign in support of the farmers' agitation, with party leader Rahul Gandhi accusing the government of betraying the farmers for benefitting their 'corporate friends'.
 
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also met the party's MPs and MLAs from Punjab who are sitting in protest at Jantar Mantar demanding repeal of the farm laws.

Jan 08, 2021 - 17:49 (IST)

Eighth round of negotiations end without conclusion; next meet on 15 Jan

 
The eighth round of talks between the government and representatives of protesting unions ended without any outcome on Friday and the next meeting is likely to take place on 15 January, sources said.
 
Sticking to their key demand of the repeal of three farm laws to end their protest, farmer leaders told the government their "ghar wapsi" from protest sites on Delhi borders can happen only after "law wapsi" but the Centre insisted talks must be limited to contentious clauses and ruled out a complete withdrawal of Acts.
 
Sources said not much discussions could take place at the meeting and the next date has been decided after keeping in mind a scheduled hearing of Supreme Court on January 11. The government sources said the apex court may look into the legality of the three laws, besides other issues related to farmers' protests.

Jan 08, 2021 - 17:05 (IST)

Both parties break for lunch after farmers refuse to break silence for over an hour

Jan 08, 2021 - 16:58 (IST)

No discussion in past one hour as farmers give ministers the silent treatment

The discussion between the farmers and the Centre reached an unprecedented stalemate as union leaders decided to observe silence while holding out papers with slogans including 'Jeetenge ya Marenge' (We will either win or die).

The union leaders, however, refused to take a lunch break and stayed put in the meeting room, a source told PTI.
The situation spiralled down to this level after Union Agriculture minister reportedly told the farmer leaders that he will not consider repealing the three contentious laws. 

Jan 08, 2021 - 16:48 (IST)

Ghar wapasi only after law vapasi: Farmers tell Centre

At the outset, Tomar appealed to unions for discussions on the laws, while farm leaders reiterated their demand that the new Acts must be withdrawn, sources said, adding that the agriculture minister stressed on protecting the farmers' interest of the entire country. "Our 'ghar wapsi' (return to home) can happen only if you do 'law wapsi' (repeal of laws)," a farmer leader said at the meeting.

"Ideally, the Centre should not interfere in agriculture matters as various Supreme Court orders have declared farming as a state subject. It seems you (the government) do not want to resolve the issue as talks have been happening for so many days. In that case, please give us a clear answer and we will go. Why to waste everyone's time," another farmer leader said at the meeting.

All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) member Kavitha Kuruganti, who was also present in the meeting, said the government has told unions that it can not and will not repeal these laws.

Jan 08, 2021 - 16:31 (IST)

Farmers' unions say Narendra Singh Tomar has flatly refused to repeal law

Farmer unions have said that the Union Agrigulture Minister has flat out refused to repeal the three contentious farm laws, even as farmers have been insistent that it is one of their core demands. The members of delegation currenrly in talks with the centre told Aman Sharma of The Economic Times that they have conveyed to the government that the demand to repeal laws is non-negotiable and the central government has no right to legislate on the agricultire sector. 

Jan 08, 2021 - 16:19 (IST)

Ready to hold talks 700 times, but our demands won't change, says Rakesh Tikait

Farmers' leader Rakesh Tikait said that the farmers are willing to converse with the government 700 times if they like, but their demands will not change. The farmer unions have already held seven rounds of negotiations while the eighth round is underway. While the government is trying to reason out the bill clause by clause, the agrarians are adamant they want the contentious bill repealed. 

Jan 08, 2021 - 15:28 (IST)

Tomar meets Amit Shah before 8th round of talks with farmer unions

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday met senior BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah, just before the start of the eighth round of talks with protesting farmer unions on the three farm laws, sources said.

The meeting continued for about an hour, they said, but what issues came up for discussion in the meeting could not be ascertained. 
Tomar is leading the talks with the representatives of around 40 farmer unions at the Vigyan Bhawan to resolve the over-one-month deadlock over the three farm laws.

Farmers' protest LATEST Updates: The eighth round of talks between the government and representatives of protesting unions ended without any outcome on Friday and the next meeting is likely to take place on 15 January, sources said.

The discussion between the farmers and the Centre reached an unprecedented stalemate as union leaders decided to observe silence while holding out papers with slogans including 'Jeetenge ya Marenge' (We will either win or die).

Sticking to their key demand of the repeal of three farm laws to end their protest, farmer leaders on Friday told the government their "ghar wapsi" can happen only after "law wapsi" but the Centre insisted talks must be limited to contentious clauses and ruled out a complete withdrawal of Acts.

Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal arrived at the Vigyan Bhavan and began the eighth round of talks with farmers' leaders. The agriculture minister said he is hopeful a solution will be found through talks.

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Thursday that the government is ready to consider any proposal other than repeal of three farm laws, the key demand of the farmers. A committee led by him will meet farmers' representatives to hold the eighth round of talks.

As the farmers’ agitation against the agricultural laws enters the 44th day on Friday, the Centre will hold the eight round of talks with farmers on Friday. The talks to be held at 2 pm come a day after a tractor rally was held on Thursday on various Delhi borders.

Farm union leaders had said last week that thousands of farmers will enter Delhi on Republic Day and hold a tractor parade.

The eighth round of talks will be held between a ministerial committee, including Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Prakash, and 41 representatives of farm organisations.

Seven rounds of talks held so far have borne no results as the farmers are adamant on the complete rollback of the three new farm laws, while the government refuses to repeal them. Even as the farmers also stuck to the demand of legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP), The government offered making amendments to the laws as well as forming committee comprising members from both sides to review these, proposals that were rejected by the farmers.

On Thursday, Tomar met religious leader Baba Lakha Singh, one of the heads of the Nanaksar Sikh sect based in Punjab. Singh, who has been organising langar at the protest sites, said he wished to mediate between the government and protesting farmers.

Border crossing points to Delhi from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh continued to remain closed for traffic on Friday due to the ongoing farmers’ protest.

The Delhi Police have advised commuters from Uttar Pradesh to take routes passing through Anand Vihar, DND, Loni DND, and Apsara as Chilla and Ghazipur border crossings are closed. The Delhi-Haryana borders at Singhu, Tikri, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari, Saboli, and Mangesh, too, remain closed.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and other states are camped in and around Delhi over the past many weeks in protest against the new farm laws.

The laws in contention are Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

The Supreme Court of India will hear petitions against farm laws and issues pertaining to the farmers’ protest on 11 January.

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