Eleventh round of talks between govt and farmer unions remain inconclusive

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India’s Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said: “If you [farmer unions] arrive at any conclusion please let us know, we will discuss again.” (Image Source: Twitter/Harikishan Sharma)

The government stated that the next round of talks will take place when the unions are ready to accept the proposal of staying the laws.

The 11th round of discussion held on Friday between the farmer union leaders and the government remained inconclusive once again as the farmers hardened their stand seeking repeal of farm laws. 

The 11th round unlike the previous rounds couldn’t even arrive at a date for the next meeting. The rift between the two groups widened as farmers sought a complete repeal of the three controversial laws and a legal guarantee for Minimum Support Price while rejecting the government’s offer to suspend the laws for 18 months. The government also stayed adamant and said that the next round of talks will take place when the unions are ready to accept the proposal of staying the laws.

While ending the meeting, India’s Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said: “There is nothing wrong in the three laws. We gave the proposal but you [farmer unions] could not arrive at any decision. If you arrive at any conclusion please let us know, we will discuss again.” 

According to media reports, farmer union leaders said: “We will now prepare for the January 26 parade.”

Indian newspaper The Tribune reported, Senior farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said: “It will be a unique event. We have told the government and the Delhi police that we will march peacefully on the Outer Ring Road on January 26. If there is violence, the government will be responsible.”

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