The ninth round of talks between the Union government and farmer unions over the farm laws again failed to break the deadlock as the two sides could not arrive on a conclusion on the issues of repeal of the laws and the Minimum Support Price Act.
The next meeting will take place on January 19 at 12 pm.
This was the first meeting after the Supreme Court appointed a committee to resolve the deadlock over farm laws.
Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, minister for railways, commerce and food Piyush Goyal and minister of state for commerce Som Parkash, who is an MP from Punjab, held talks with the representatives of some 40 farmer unions for over four hours.
Tomar had on Thursday confirmed the talks saying it will be done with ‘an open mind’.
On the other hand, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday asked the people to join the “Satyagraha” by farmers against the Modi government.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu and party workers were detained while trying to march towards Raj Bhavan in Lucknow during a protest against the new farm laws.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at various border points of Delhi for over a month now against the three laws.
Ahead of the meeting, Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BHU) reiterated that to resolve the issues of protesting farmers, the government will have to repeal the three newly passed laws. “Government needs to devise a plan to scrap the three laws and give legal guarantee for minimum support price,” said Tikait.