Tuesday, January 19, 2021

‘Ghar wapsi’ solely after ‘law wapsi’: Protesting farmers dig in heels after talks with Centre fail to make headway

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The eighth spherical of negotiations between the protesting farmer unions and the Centre over the recently-enacted agriculture legal guidelines ended on an inconclusive notice Friday, with farmers sticking to their key demand of repeal of the farm legal guidelines and the Centre insisting to restrict the talks to contentious clauses. The subsequent spherical of talks is prone to be held on January 15.
Holding their floor throughout assembly, the 41-member consultant group of the agitating farmers advised the federal government their “ghar wapsi” (return to home) can happen solely after “legislation wapsi“ (repeal of legal guidelines) whereas the Centre dominated out a whole withdrawal of Acts. It asserted that a big part of farmers in different states throughout the nation have welcomed the legal guidelines and requested the unions to consider the pursuits of your complete nation.
“Our ‘ghar wapsi’ can happen only if you do ‘law wapsi’,” a farmer chief mentioned on the assembly, information company PTI reported. “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,” mentioned one other union chief on the assembly.
Bharatiya Kisan Union Spokesperson Rakesh Tikait and farmer representatives through the eighth spherical of talks with the federal government over the brand new farm legal guidelines, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, whereas chatting with reporters after the assembly, mentioned no determination could possibly be reached as unions didn’t give alternate options to their demand for the repeal of legal guidelines. However, the federal government continues to be hopeful that union leaders will provide you with alternate options to debate within the subsequent spherical of talks on January 15, Tomar mentioned, whereas just about ruling out the repeal of the legal guidelines.
On whether or not the federal government proposed to farmers to affix a pending case in Supreme Court on points associated to farmers’ protest, Tomar mentioned the federal government didn’t make any such suggestion however it’s at all times dedicated to observe no matter is determined by the Supreme Court.
A farmer shares his scarf with a toddler as they sit on a highway divider listening to a speaker throughout a protest in opposition to new farm legal guidelines on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Just earlier than the graduation of the farmers-Centre meet, Tomar met senior BJP chief and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, PTI reported quoting its sources.
Farmers to satisfy on Jan 11 to resolve subsequent plan of action
After the assembly, union chief Joginder Singh Ugrahan mentioned the assembly was inconclusive and it was unlikely that any resolution could possibly be discovered by means of the following spherical of talks as properly. “We do not want anything less than the repeal of laws,” he mentioned, including that the federal government is testing their power, “but we will not bow down”. “It seems we will have to spend Lohri and Baisakhi festivals here at protest sides,” he mentioned. General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha Hannan Mollah mentioned farmers are able to combat until loss of life and going to courtroom over this was not an choice. He mentioned the farmer unions will meet on January 11 to resolve their subsequent plan of action. Mollah additionally mentioned tractor parade will go on as deliberate on January 26.
Farmers shouts slogans as they take out a tractor rally in a protest in opposition to new farm legal guidelines at Ghaziabad, outskirts of New Delhi, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Jai Kisan Andolan union chief Ravinder Kaur broke down after the assembly with the Centre and mentioned many moms have misplaced their sons and plenty of daughters have misplaced their fathers through the protest.

Lakha Singh spoke to us out of his ache for farmers: Tomar
On Thursday’s assembly with Baba Lakha Singh, one of many heads of the Nanaksar Sikh sect based mostly in Punjab, Tomar mentioned the federal government didn’t approach him however the spiritual chief spoke to him “out of his pain for farmers”. “Lakha Singh was distressed that farmers are agitating in winter. He conveyed to us farmers’ view, I presented the government’s. I urged him to talk to Unions’ leaders. We didn’t approach him, he spoke to us out of his pain for farmers,” Tomar mentioned.

Tomar on Thursday had met Lakha Singh, who has been organising langar on the protest websites, mentioned he wished to mediate between the federal government and protesting farmers. While Tomar had performed down the assembly, farmer unions mentioned the spiritual chief wasn’t talking for them.
(With inputs from PTI, ANI)

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