Farmers’ Protest Today Live Updates: Prominent opposition leaders including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, DMK chief M K Stalin and PAGD chairman Farooq Abdullah issued a joint statement on Sunday supporting the call for Bharat Bandh on December 8 by farmer groups, and pressed the Centre to meet the legitimate demands of the protesters.
The Congress, TRS, DMK and the AAP on Sunday joined other opposition parties in extending support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 8 called by farmer unions which have been protesting on Delhi’s borders for 11 days demanding repeal of the Centre’s new agri-marketing laws. The Trinamool Congress, RJD and the Left parties, besides a joint platform of ten central trade unions, had on Saturday backed the countrywide strike. Meanwhile, Actor Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam stated that it will take part in the ongoing farmers’ protest that entered 11th day on Sunday.
NCP chief and former union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar warned the Centre that if the deadlock continues, the agitation will not be limited to Delhi and people from across the country will stand by the protesting farmers. The NCP chief is also scheduled to meet President Ram Nath Kovind on December 9 over the ongoing farmers’ protest against agrarian laws, the party said on Sunday.
The talks between the government and the representatives of farmer unions remained inconclusive on Saturday after the latter spurned the agriculture minister’s offer to amend the farm laws and stuck to the maximalist position demanding a repeal of all three ordinances. To resolve the stand-off, an option to convene a special Parliament session is being considered, a senior government source told The Indian Express. “It is not ruled out, but no decision has been taken,” the source said to a question if a special session was being considered. Both the sides have now agreed to meet again on December 9.