It has been more than a month that the farmers of the country are sitting on protest at Delhi Borders. There have been several rounds of negotiations regarding the three new agricultural laws brought by the central government. However, the government has not been able to achieve any concrete results. The eighth round of meeting has also been inconclusive. Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi took a dig at the Center over the failure of talks.
Rahul Gandhi while targeting the central government wrote in Hindi, “Neeyat saaf nahi hai jinki, tareekh par tareekh dena strategy hai unki.” His tweet translates, “Their intentions are not clear, giving these dates are a strategy”. Along with the farmers, the opposition parties have also questioned the central government regarding the new agricultural laws.
Opposition parties have alleged that under the guise of new agricultural laws, the government wants to handover the agricultural sector to the corporate houses. These laws will create a crisis for small farmers.
On Friday, the farmers’ agitation against the new agricultural laws entered 44th day. But the solution doesn’t seem near. Even the eighth round of meeting held on Friday was inconclusive. Now, the farmers will meet the government on January 15. Farmers’ Unions are not will to compromise at anything less than complete withdrawal of laws. Meanwhile, the government is only offering amendments.
After the meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the farmer leaders could not offer any alternative. Tomar said, we discussed the laws but could reach to no decision. The government requested that if the farmers unions give any other option other than withdrawal of the laws, then we will consider it. However, the farmers’ unions did not offer any alternative. That is why they terminated the meeting and decided the date for next meeting.
Meanwhile, after the meeting, Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) said that the agitation will continue till the new agricultural laws are withdrawn. he farmers will not retreat. He said, ‘We are not going anywhere. The government wanted to talk about the amendments. But, we do not want to discuss parts of the laws. We only want the new laws to be repealed. ‘