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Shiv Kumar Kakka

Days after the breakdown of their talks with the federal government, farmer leaders stated on Sunday that whereas either side are adamant on their positions on the repeal of the three legal guidelines, a dialogue on the “MSP guarantee” might pave the way in which for the creation of a “conducive environment” that may be a “must for talks.”

MSP ko sarkar har meeting mein overlook karti rahi hai… baad mein baat karenge, abhi taiyyari nahin hai, yahi kaha hai,” stated nationwide president of the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh, Shiv Kumar Kakka. “Teen kaale kanoonon par sarkar adee hui hai, hum bhi adey hue hain aur aage bhi adey rahenge. Sarkar agar MSP guarantee par baat karti hai, to andolan khatm to nahin hoga, lekin isse vatavaran anukool banega.”

“(At each meeting, the government has avoided a discussion on the farmers’ demand for a guaranteed minimum support price. It has said ‘we will talk later’, ‘we are not prepared now’. The government is adamant on keeping the three laws; we are adamant too, and will remain adamant. But if the government discusses the MSP guarantee, the agitation will not end, but it will at least lead to a conducive atmosphere.)”

Kakka spoke to The Indian Express forward of the “emergency meeting” of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha held on Sunday night. During the assembly, farmer leaders took inventory of the state of affairs.

“The farmers have been protesting for the last 68 days, but the government has not given us a penny of relief. The laws have been stayed by the Supreme Court,” Kakka stated.

“Itna bada andolan hua, lekin pradhan mantri ne ek tweet tak nahin kiya hai. Kal all-party meeting mein bhi pradhan mantri ne krishi mantri Narendra Singh Tomar ki baat ko hi doharaya hai. (Despite such a big movement, the Prime Minister has not even put out a single tweet. Even at the all-party meeting yesterday, the Prime minister has merely repeated the words of Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.)”

There have been 11 rounds of talks between the federal government and protesting farmer organisations to this point. After the final assembly on January 22, Tomar, who’s main the federal government within the talks, had alleged there have been sure forces that needed to the agitation to proceed.

Joginder Singh Ugrahan, president of BKU Ugrahan, stated on Sunday, “Whether MSP should be the main issue for talks or the three farm laws, but first a conducive environment should be created by the government… They have arrested so many youths from Punjab, Haryana, UP, Delhi, and even Bihar. All farm leaders have been booked as well.”

Farmer chief Naresh Tikait stated on Sunday that protesting farmers would honour the dignity of the Prime Minister, however they have been additionally dedicated to defending their self-respect, PTI reported.

The authorities ought to “release our men and prepare an environment conducive for talks”, Naresh Tikait stated, in keeping with PTI. “A respectable solution should be reached. We will never agree to anything under pressure.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated Saturday that the federal government’s supply to pause the legal guidelines “still stands”, and that Tomar was a only a “phone call away” if the farmers needed to speak.

During the 10th spherical of talks on January 20, Tomar had supplied to type a joint panel of presidency officers and farmer representatives to handle grievances, and to maintain the legal guidelines in abeyance for a year-and-half or till this committee submitted its report.

Declining to touch upon Naresh Tikait’s assertion, Harmeet Singh Kadian, chief of BKU Kadian, stated: “… Regarding initiation of talks, I believe MSP, a very vital subject, has not been discussed at length ever. Hence, even if talks happen on MSP to begin with, we will be keen to go, at least the deadlock will be broken. However, one must understand that repeal of farm laws remains the main issue…”

Rajinder Singh Deepsinghwala, common secretary, Kirti Kisan Union, stated, “MSP is an important issue, but I feel that talks should resume with farm laws as the main subject, and MSP should be discussed alongside. However, we will question the intention of the government as well before going for talks…”

Prem Kumar Gehlot, president, All India Kisan Sabha (Haryana), stated, “Whether we are ready to talk on MSP first, is not a matter of discussion… FIRs and police action is main issue as of now.”

Sarwan Singh Pandher, common secretary, Kisan Mazdoor Sanghrash Committee, stated, “We are ready to negotiate for the repeal of the farm laws, to enact a law to ensure procurement of crops by government. But before negotiating, the government should create an environment for negotiation.”

Satnam Singh Pannu, Punjab state president of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, stated, “We were ready to negotiate with the government on the issue of MSP and the repeal of the three laws. The government should create an environment for dialogue before negotiating.”


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