Eastern Times: December 9, 2020,New Delhi: It is head-on confrontation between the farmers and the Centre, which entered its 14th day on Wednesday and threatens to continue indefinitely this winter.
The farmers’ groups rejected the government proposal on Wednesday, that offered to have a written assurance on Minimum Support Price (MSP) and amend some parts of two of the three contentious farm laws, saying there is “nothing new” in the fresh proposal. The farmer leaders held a meeting on the proposals and asserted that their demand for the laws to be repealed remains in place and vowed to intensify their stir on the ground against the government till it withdrew the laws.
The farmers also announced plans to intensify the agitation against the three Acts with a nationwide protest on 14 December.
They also said they will block the Jaipur-Delhi and the Delhi-Agra expressways on or before 12 December, and all the roads entering into the National Capital, one-by-one, if their demands to repeal the three acts, are not met,
Farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka told a press conference at the Singhu border entry point that there was nothing new in the government’s proposal sent to them on Wednesday, and that it was “completely rejected” by the ‘Sanyukta Kisan Committee’.
However, farmer leader Jangvir Singh said that their unions may consider if the government sends another proposal.
Kakka said the farmers have decided to intensify their agitation, and that they will block all roads leading to Delhi one by one if the three farm laws are not scrapped.
Another farmer leader, Darshan Pal, said the proposals sent by Union Home Minister Amit Shah contained the same things as Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told farmer leaders in previous meetings.
All the highways to Delhi will be blocked on 14 December as part of the nationwide protest, he added.
The farmers also told the media that they will hold the nationwide sit-in protest outside BJP Offices on 14 December against the three farm laws and also gherao all BJP functionaries, ministers and legislators. The ongoing protest at the several border entry points to the National Capital, will also continue, they said.
Famers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan had begun travelling towards Delhi as part of the Delhi Chalo protests on November 25. But they were met with resistance, especially in Haryana where the police used water cannons against farmers at several points and also lathi-charged them.
After facing criticism, the Haryana government allowed farmers to travel towards Delhi, but soon after they arrived at Delhi’s border entry points on 26 November, they were prevented from entering the National Capital unless they moved to government-designated grounds.
Some farmers moved to these grounds, while others have remained camped at the border entry points. The protests entered the 14th day on Wednesday.
The agriculture ministry sent a draft proposal to 13 farm union leaders including Joginder Singh Urgrahan of BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), one of the biggest among nearly 40 agitating unions.
The proposal had come after a meeting between 13 union leaders and home minister Amit Shah failed on Tuesday.
The government had then said it would send a draft proposal on key issues raised by the farmers regarding the three farm laws. The sixth round of talks between the government and farm union leaders, which was scheduled for Wednesday morning, was also cancelled.