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Farmers’ Protest: Centre Calls For Fifth Talks Over Farmers’ Demand

The Indian government has asked the protesting farmers to join the fifth round of talks. On Wednesday, Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda mentioned that the government is willing to talk about all unresolved matters, such as MSP, stubble burning, and withdrawing FIRs. farmer leader Rakesh Tikait’s BKU Bhartiya Kisan Union has opened yet another front in western Uttar Pradesh as farmers astride their tractors protested at several district headquarters.

Munda said today, “In the 5th round of meeting, we are ready to talk with farmers and discuss issues like MSP, stubble, FIR, and crop diversification. I appeal to them to maintain peace and we should find a solution through dialogue,” he said the farmers’ side hasn’t reacted to the Centre’s offer. “No information has come yet (from farmers’ side). We appeal that we should move forward for talks and present our stand. The government also wants to move forward and find a solution,”

Farmers advocating for MSP support across all crops recommenced their Delhi Chalo march on Wednesday. Equipped with gas masks, earthmovers, and bulldozers, they continued their movement despite Haryana police deploying tear gas shells.

Haryana police are warning owners of heavy machinery to steer clear of ongoing protests or risk legal consequences. Simultaneously, addressing concerns from the Haryana government regarding farmers employing heavy equipment like JCBs, Poclaines, Tippers, and Hydras at the Shambhu border, Punjab’s Director General of Police (DGP) has issued directives.

The DGP instructed relevant officers in Punjab to halt the movement of such machinery towards the Punjab-Haryana borders. This development adds a layer of tension to the ongoing farmers’ protests demanding MSP support, as authorities take measures to control the involvement of heavy machinery in the protest areas.

A massive gathering of farmers, arriving on tractors, assembled at the Muzaffarnagar collectorate, staging a dharna.

Bhartiya Kisan Union President Naresh Tikait and Rakesh Tikait are anticipated to participate in the tractor march. In Shamli, BKU workers and farmers led a tractor march near the tehsil.

Despite police intervention in attempts to bring tractors inside, the farmers eventually succeeded in entering the tehsil premises with their tractors. Similar protests unfolded actively in Bagpat, Meerut, Hapur, Sambhal, Amroha, and Saharanpur.

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