Farmers’ Protest Highlights: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Wednesday said that the ongoing farmers’ protest at Delhi borders is an “exception” and “limited to one state”. He also hoped for an early solution as the government is in talks with farmer unions.
“The ongoing protest is an exception and the agitation is limited to one state. We are holding discussions and talks. I believe there will be an early solution,” Tomar was quoted as saying by PTI during a virtual conference organised by industry body Assocham.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre and proposed the formation of a committee, with representatives from both the government and farmer unions, to end the deadlock over the three farm laws, news agency PTI reported. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and comprising of Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian was hearing a petition seeking removal of the protester from Delhi’s borders. “Your negotiations with protesting farmers have not worked apparently till now,” the court said, adding that the protesting farmer unions should be made party to the case.
The protesting farmers have hardened their stance and have asserted they will “make” the Centre repeal the laws. As leaders of multiple farmer unions leaders sought to ratchet up pressure on the Centre declaring their fight has reached a stage where they are “determined” to win it no matter what, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the Centre is willing to continue its talks with “genuine farm unions” to find a solution with an open mind. In an interview to The Indian Express, Tomar ruled out a repeal of the three farm laws, but said he was open to address their misgivings clause-by-clause, and willing to consider amendments based on their apprehensions.