In the latest development related to the ongoing farmers’ protest, the tenth round of talks between farmer unions and the Centre over the three farm laws has concluded after 5 hours.
The next farmer-Centre meeting is to be held on January 22. As the ninth round of talks between the Central government and farmer unions on January 15 remained inconclusive, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said the unions have been asked to form informal groups among themselves and submit a draft to the government regarding their demands.
Earlier today, while hearing the pleas on the issue of farmers protest at Delhi borders and Centre’s plea against the proposed tractor rally by farmers on Republic Day, Supreme Court asked the Centre to withdraw its plea.
Supreme Court asks Centre to withdraw its plea against proposed tractor rally by farmers on Republic Day. https://t.co/PMKgitTQSV
— ANI (@ANI) January 20, 2021
The Supreme Court also issued a notice on the plea filed by Kisan Mahapanchayat to reconstitute the Committee after one member recused from it.
Meanwhile, launching a fresh attack on the Centre over the three farm laws, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the laws are designed to destroy the agriculture sector. He added that there is a tragedy unfolding in the country and alleged that India is now owned by 4-5 people.
Addressing a press conference after releasing a booklet over the three Central farm laws at the party headquarters in Delhi, the Congress MP said that the government wants to misinform people about this tragedy but the truth is a huge tragedy is unfolding.
“There is a tragedy unfolding in our country today. The government wants to ignore this tragedy. It wants to misinform people about this tragedy but the truth is a huge tragedy is unfolding. I am not just talking about the farmers, because that is only a part of that tragedy,” he said.
There is tragedy unfolding today in country, govt wants to ignore issue & misinform the country. I’m not going to speak about farmers alone as it is only part of tragedy. It’s important for youngsters. This is not about present but about your Future: #Congress leader @RahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/PtI5THANmC
— NewsMobile (@NewsMobileIndia) January 19, 2021
However, farmers remain adamant to their stand and refuse to participate in the talks held by the Supreme Court committee. On this, Farmer Union leader Rakesh Tikait has said, “We don’t know, we’re not going (to first meeting of SC-formed committee). Nobody from the agitation approached Court. Govt brought Bill through Ordinance, it was tabled in the House. It’ll go back the same route it came from.”
We don’t know, we’re not going (to first meeting of SC-formed committee). Nobody from the agitation approached Court. Govt brought Bill through Ordinance, it was tabled in the House. It’ll go back the same route it came from: Rakesh Tikait#farmersrprotest #Farmers pic.twitter.com/c8x33IGwuW
— NewsMobile (@NewsMobileIndia) January 19, 2021
Farmers will carry out a tractor parade along Delhi’s Outer Ring Road on Republic Day, announced Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav on Sunday, asserting that the parade will be conducted peacefully with the national flag.
“Farmers will carry out a tractor parade with the national flag on the Outer Ring Road of Delhi on Republic Day. Along with jawans, the kisan will also celebrate the sovereignty of the country,” Yadav said at a press conference here. This comes on the 53rd day of the farmers’ protest at the borders of the national capital against the Centre’s farm laws.
#Farmers will carry out tractor parade with national flag on Outer Ring Road of Delhi on Republic Day. No disruption will be caused to the official #RepublicDay ceremony: #YogendraYadav, #SwarajIndia pic.twitter.com/XnIxoSFkY9
— NewsMobile (@NewsMobileIndia) January 17, 2021
For the parade, Yadav also added that weapons of any kind, inciteful language, and violent actions would be strictly not allowed in the parade and hoped that the Delhi and Haryana Police would not cause hindrances to the parade.
“No disruption will be caused to the official Republic Day ceremony,” he added.
The parade will pass through Peeragadhi, Janakpuri, Dhaula Kuan, Munirka, IIT, Khel Gaon, Chirag Delhi, Nehru Place, Okhla, Majnu ka tila, Burari, Azadpur, among other areas.
“There will be a national flag or an emblem of a farm union on each vehicle, and flags of political parties will be allowed anywhere. Those unable to participate in the parade in Delhi will do so in their respective states while following the same guidelines,” Yadav added.
The deadlock between the centre and farmer leaders continues as the discussions on farm laws remain inconclusive.
The farmers are protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.