TAD NewsDesk, New Delhi: Agitating farmers on the day fourteenth of struggle in Delhi has rejected the proposal of the Central government. There is unanimity in the farmers union that nothing less than repealing of the laws will be accepted. More endeavours to intensify the protest has been put forward.
The Centre has given the farmers with a written proposal today which has been outrightly rejected by the farmers instead with the demands to scrape off the laws as soon as possible. The farmers had termed the proposal as “vague”.
The farmers have threatened to block the Jaipur-Delhi and the Delhi-Agra expressways on or before December 12, and all the roads entering into the national capital, one-by-one, if their demands are unmet.
Announcing the plans of the farmer unions after a meeting this evening, farmer leader Dr Darshanpal said,
“We will block the Delhi-Jaipur highway by December 12. We will sit on dharna at all the toll plazas of country on December 12. We have called for a nationwide protest on 14th. We have asked the people to protest against every MP and MLA of the BJP”.
Moreover, Farmer leader Darshan Pal said, on December 12, all toll plazas is to be freed
“No tax to be paid on that day at any toll plaza in country.”
In the evening according to sources, Home Minister Amit Shah has had a two and half hour meeting with Agriculture minister Narendra Tomar and Commerce minister Piyush Goyal to discuss the next course of action. Tomar is believed to have discussed an idea to go forward now after the rejection of the proposal according to the news agency PTI.
In the presence of around 13 farmers unions, the government proposed the draft proposal which proposed:
- To give a “written assurance” that the MSP will not be tampered with.
- The government said it is willing to make necessary amendments on at least seven issues, including one to allay fears about the weakening of the mandi system.
- Farmers to go to court to resolve disputes instead of a sub-divisional magistrate.
- The scrapping of the Electricity Amendment bill.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar has described the talks as work in “progress”
He added that,
“If negotiations are going on between two parties, it will be considered work-in-progress. There can be no running commentary on this. It is work-in-progress.”
While on the other hand, a farmer representative said,
“We do not accept any amendment in the laws, we want total removal.”
The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) has released their statement on govt’s proposal:
“Bharat Bandh on 8 December has proven beyond doubt all-India footprint of the popular farmer’s protests; AIKSCC congratulates all sections of society for support. AIKSCC notes mass participation in Bharat Bandh and calls upon all organisations and political parties to mobilise Farmers March into Delhi to intensify protest”.
A team of opposition leaders which includes Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Sitaram Yechury, met President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking repeal of farm laws. met the President, Ram Nath Kovind today and presented with a memorandum on the laws.
Now the next course of action on part of the Central government will be very important because this is going to mould and give shape to one of the most bg agricultural movement of our times.