Talks Fail To End Deadlock Again: Farmers’ Leaders Tell Govt, “Take Back Law, Only Then We Will Return Home”

Farmers Protest Govt meet

The farmers’ leaders told the ministers that the govt is adamant. “You will appoint your own secretary, joint secretary. They will continue to give some logic,” they said.

New Delhi| The 9th round of farmers’ talks with the government was also inconclusive. The farmers, who have been agitating at Delhi’s doorstep for 44 days, took a firm stance at the meeting. Farmer leaders also put up posters in the meeting, which was written in Gurmukhi – We will either win or die. Even after the meeting, the attitude of the farmers remained intact. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar also admitted that the matter is stuck on 50% issues. “Therefore, it has been decided to hold the next meeting on 15 January,” Tomar said.

What Did Farmers Tell Govt?

  1. “You Listen to the people less”

The farmers’ leaders told the ministers that the govt is adamant. “You will appoint your own secretary, joint secretary. They will continue to give some logic. We also have a list. Still, it will be your decision, because you are the government. People are probably overheard. Whoever has the strength, it is more about him. There has been so much discussion again and again for so many days. It seems that you do not want to settle this matter. So why waste time? Please write a clear answer and we will leave,” said Balbir Singh Rajewal, leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union

2. “We will not go to any court”

“The atmosphere of the meeting was warm. We have said that nothing is allowed except withdrawal of the law. We will not go to any court. Take the law back, otherwise our fight will go on. We will either fight, or we will die. According to the plan, the parade will also be held on 26 January,” Hannan Mullah, General Secretary of All India Kisan Sabha said.

3. “Government did not listen to us”

“The date goes on. All the farmer leaders in the meeting in one voice demanded the cancellation of the bill. We want the bill taken back, but the government wants an amendment. If the government does not listen to us, we also will not listen to the government.” – Rakesh Tikait, National Spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union

4. Take back laws, only then we will return home

During the meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar once again turned down the demand of farmers to withdraw the agricultural laws. To this, the peasant leaders said, “We are not a political party. Return the law, only then will return home.” However, the Minister of Agriculture kept explaining to them that every problem in democracy is resolved by discussion.


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