Farmers continue peaceful protests at the Singhu border on the 12th day. Talks to continue between Centre and farmers on 9th December as the fifth round of discussion fails to resolve the issue.
Farmers’ Protest Continues, Bharat Bandh on 8th
As the fifth round of meetings between farmers and the government ended in a deadlock, Bharat Bandh (nationwide General strike) called by farmers on 8th December will go as planned. Several political parties including Congress, AAP, DMK, Left parties, the TMC, and the TRS have extended support to the nationwide strike. There will be a halt on the supply of milk, fruits, and vegetables during the Bharat bandh. Also, ‘Chakka jam’ (blocking of roads) will start at 8 am and will end at 3 pm on 8th. As a result, Delhi traffic police has closed Singhu, Auchandi, Piao Maniyari, Mangesh borders and has asked the commuters to take alternative routes (Lampur, Safiabad, Saboli borders). Also, it has advised avoiding Outer Ring Rd, GTK Road, NH 44.
What Happened in Meeting on 5th December?
The fifth round of discussion held at Vigyan Bhawan on 5th December failed to break the deadlock between both parties. Again, the central government proposed amendments in the farm laws. However, the farmer leaders stayed firm on their demand for repealing of laws. Moreover, the leader staged a silent protest seeking a clear reply from the government in Yes/ No. Now, the Centre will send a concrete proposal of amendments in-laws to the farmers.
Addressing the media, Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar said that the government wanted suggestions from farmers on modification of the laws. However, farmers have demanded a total repeal of regulations. Further, he urged the farmers to send the elderly, women, and children home. Besides, he expressed gratitude to farmers for maintaining discipline in the protests. However, he asked them to end it and engage in dialogue as the BJP government is committed to farmer’s interest.
In all, thousands of farmers are already out on the streets in biting cold. The government’s delay will only make the situation worse as farmers are determined to get the farm laws rolled back.