The unabating farmers’ protest entered its 29th day on Thursday as the agitating farmers intend to intensify their demonstration further as they decide to continue their protest until the government repeals the contentious farm laws.
After a meeting held on Wednesday with nearly 100 farm leaders, the farm unions have also decided not to resume negotiation talks with the Centre if repealing the new agri laws was not on the government’s agenda. They also demanded a revised cost of production that will increase support price.
Sticking to their demands, farmer unions had written to the Centre stating they are open to talks, but the government must offer a “concrete proposal” first.
The letter, addressed to the agriculture ministry, read: “We urge the government not to repeat those meaningless amendments which we have already rejected, but to come up with a concrete proposal in writing, so that can be made an agenda and the process of negotiation can be started as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, taking a jibe at the Centre following the current situation, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said: “There is no democracy in India. It can be in your imagination, but not in reality.”
His remarks came soon after Delhi police detailed around 50-60 party leaders, including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Earlier today, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had marched towards Rashtrapati Bhavan and met the President, seeking his intervention in farm laws issue.
Talking to the media, Rahul Gandhi said: “I want to tell the PM that these farmers are not going to go back home until these farm laws are repealed. The government should convene a joint session of Parliament and take back these laws.”
While on the other hand, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu urged the agitating farmers to resume talks and asserted that any issue could be resolved through dialogue.
Various farmer unions from across India have been protesting at the Delhi borders against the new agri laws enacted by the Parliament.