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Farmers Protest Updates: Talks must continue, says MoS Agriculture Parshottam Rupala on meeting scheduled for 15 January

Farmers Protest Updates: 'It is only through dialogue, a way forward can be found,' Rupala told PTI. Farmers unions have also shown willingness to attend the scheduled ninth round of talks but have insisted on a complete repeal of the agri laws

FP Staff January 13, 2021 20:37:11 IST
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Farmers Protest Updates: Talks must continue, says MoS Agriculture Parshottam Rupala on meeting scheduled for 15 January

Representational image of farmers protest. AP

Farmers Protest LATEST Updates: Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah demanded that the Centre's new farm laws be withdrawn, a day after the Supreme Court stayed their implementation. In a series of tweets, Siddaramaiah accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of turning a blind eye to the plight of farmers in the country.

As per reports, Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, a day after he met Home minister Amit Shah with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Several JJP MLAs had on Tuesday requested the Centre to rollback the farmer laws. Following this, the JJP chief has back to back meetings with CM ML Khattar and Amit Shah.

Facing heat over the ongoing farmers' agitation, Haryana's Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day to possibly discuss issues related to the protest

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at the Centre, criticising the government for its stand that farmers’ tractor rally scheduled on 26 January will cause national embarrassment.

Farmers protesting at Delhi borders said they will burn copies of Centre's new agriculture laws at all demonstration sites on the festival of Lohri on Wednesday, as a mark of protest against the legislations.

Lohri is mostly celebrated in north India, marking the beginning of the spring season. Bonfires are a special characteristic of the festival.

Farmers' leader Manjeet Singh Rai said they will celebrate Lohri by burning the copies of farm laws at all protest sites in the evening.

Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of around 40 protesting farmer unions, will hold a meeting later in the day to discuss the next course of action.

This comes a day after the protesting farmer unions asserted they will not appear before the Supreme Court-appointed panel, alleging it was "pro-government", and said they won't settle for anything less than the repeal of the three contentious laws.

The unions also raised doubts over the neutrality of the members of the committee even as they welcomed the top court's order to stay the implementation of the laws.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the controversial farm laws till further orders and set up the four-member committee to resolve the impasse between the Centre and the farmer unions protesting at Delhi's borders over the legislations.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Haryana and Punjab, have been protesting at several border points of Delhi since November 28 last year, demanding a repeal of the three laws and a legal guarantee to the minimum support price (MSP) system for their crops.

Enacted in September last year, the three laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.

However, the protesting farmers have expressed their apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of the MSP and do away with the "mandi" (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

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