The farmers’ agitation for repeal of three agriculture laws introduced by the Union government has intensified. Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and other states are protesting at various borders in Delhi in the bitter cold and demanding repeal of these laws.
In the last meeting on December 30th, Centre had conceded two of major ordinances of agitating farmers. They agreed not to push electricity bill and farmers will be excluded from the proposed environment and pollution control bill.
Today is the seventh-round of meeting to discuss the three farm laws at 2 pm.
Ahead of talks with the Centre, farmers' leaders have cleared their intentions. BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said, "Sixty farmers have been martyred and there can be no going back on the demands now."
Adding, “The agenda will be the Swaminathan Committee report, the repeal of the three farm laws and a law for MSP. We will not go back. Till date 60 farmers have been martyred. The government will have to reply,"
Today's meeting is expected to be a make-or-break one. Yesterday, farmers' leaders held a press conference where they stated that they would burn copies of the three contentious farm laws on Lohri (January 13) and celebrate January 23—Netaji Subhas Chander Bose’s birth anniversary as ‘Azad Kisan Diwas’ if the meeting again ends in a deadlock.
The farmers are adamant to get the three laws repealed; Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.