Eastern Times: December 5, 2020,New Delhi: Fifth round of meeting between protesting farmer leaders and the government failed to break the impasse on Saturday, setting the stage for a show of strength by farmer unions on Tuesday when they have called a Bharat Bandh.
The sixth round of talks are scheduled for the day after the Bandh, on Wednesday.
Meeting agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar at Vigyan Bhavan, farmer leaders refused to budge from their demand of a complete repeal of the three new farm laws. As talks entered the fourth hour, the representative of around 40 farmer unions refused to have any further discussion and resorted to a silent protest.
Holding up posters and placards with ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ written on them, the farmers refused to speak up and held a silent meeting with the government representatives.
They asked the government for a clear answer on whether the farm laws would be repealed.
Tomar, who was accompanied by commerce minister Piyush Goyal and MoS commerce Som Parkash, once again assured the farmers that the minimum support price (MSP) system would not be scrapped and proposed the next meeting on Monday. Farmer leaders, however, cited Tuesday’s Bharat Bandh called by them and proposed to hold the next round of talks on Wednesday.
“The minister said he is going to discuss our demand in cabinet and needs a day before responding to our demand.
Initially, December 7 was proposed for the next round of talks, but we proposed December 9 after the Bharat Bandh,” said All India Kisan Federation leader Kiranjeet Singh Sekhon.