Fifth round of talks between the farmers’ organizations and the government on Saturday also yielded no results, while the farmers have warned of pan-India strike on 8 December if three new farm laws are not repealed.
New Delhi: The fifth round of talks between the farmers and the government also ended without results. The meeting, which lasted for about five hours, was inconclusive.
The government has fixed December 9 for the next meeting. At the same time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the new Parliament on 10 December.
The fifth round of talks between the farmers and the government on agricultural reform laws was decided on Saturday when the farmers’ organizations have intensified the pressure by appealing for a Bharat bandh (pan-India strike).
Farmers’ organizations say that will call a pan-India strike on 8 December if the three new farm laws are not repealed. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the farmers’ organizations should leave the path of protest and resolve the issue through dialogue. He said that even if the Bharat bandh is called, only one way of negotiation would be left.
Agitation starts in other states too
In view of the success of this movement in the national capital for the last ten days, the agitation has started in other states or farmers have been supported by the states.
In Bihar, the Rashtriya Janata Dal has announced a protest demonstration from today. The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) has also announced an agitation on farmers’ issues.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday sent senior Trinamool Congress party leader Derek O’Brien to meet the farmers and he accompanied the farmers for about four hours. Meanwhile, Mrs. Banerjee spoke to several farmer leaders over the telephone and assured them of all possible cooperation.
Closing all routes of the capital
Farmers’ movement is increasing along the Delhi border and they are threatening to close all the routes in the national capital.
During this time, in Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and many other states, agitating farmers are being given full support of food items. The movement is also getting support from trade union organizations, transport unions, and some others.