As the tussle between the protesting farmers and government continues over the new farm laws, farmers at Ghazipur border burned the copies of the three farm laws on the occasion of Lohri. With over 2 months since the protest is continuing even after a number of rounds of talks with the Centre, farmers remain stick to their demand of repealing the laws. Farmers have also said that they won't even participate in the Supreme Court-appointed committee since the matter is now in the top court which has, for now, put all three farm laws on hold.
In Ludhiana, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders also burnt copies of the new farm laws. Protesting farmers owing allegiance to different farm bodies held protest at many places in the state and burnt copies of the legislations. Farmers also shouted slogans against the BJP-led central government and slammed it for not acceding to their demands. Farmers, including women, under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, held a protest at Pandherkalan village in Amritsar.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday had stayed the implementation of controversial farm laws till further orders and decided to set up a 4-member committee to resolve the impasse over them between the Centre and farmers' unions.
On Tuesday, Farmer leaders welcomed the Supreme Court decision to suspend the three farm laws but said they will not leave the protest site till the three laws were repealed.
Speaking to media after the Supreme Court order on Tuesday, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said, "Our protest will continue. We are demanding that the government repeal the three laws and also make a law to guarantee Minimum Support Price (MSP) for our produce." He also said farmers will continue the protest, regardless of the number of days it takes.
Protesting farmers at Ghazipur border burned the copies of the three farm laws on the occasion of Lohri pic.twitter.com/u0TfznBnUS— ANI (@ANI) January 13, 2021
Tikait also said he will discuss the Supreme Court order of putting the three farm laws on hold with other farmer leaders. Asked if farmers will participate in the panel formed by the Supreme Court, Tikait said, "We will discuss the issue in the core committee of farmers. And we will also go for the meeting with the government scheduled on January 15."
Asked about the plans of taking out a tractor parade on January 26, he said, "Protests will continue, the Republic Day parade will go as planned."
Tikait's remarks came soon after the Supreme Court stayed the implementation of three farm laws and formed a committee comprising mostly agriculturists to hear the grievances of the farmer unions against the laws. A bench headed by Chief Justice S. A. Bobde said, "We are going to suspend the implementation of the three farm laws until further orders."
The Chief Justice mentioned the names of agriculture economist Ashok Gulati, Dr. Pramod Kumar Joshi, Anil Dhanawat and B.S. Mann to be on the committee to hear the farmers' issues regarding the laws. The top court also issued notice on the Delhi Police application seeking to stop farmers from entering the national capital to hold a tractor rally on the Republic Day.
Speaking to media, Jaspreet Singh, a farmer leader said at the Singhu border, "We are demanding for the repeal of these farm laws. Farmers have been agitating for last four months, at least 70 people have died."
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh have been protesting at several borders of the national capital for last 48 days demanding the repeal of the three farm laws and guarantee of MSP.
Earlier, seven rounds of talks of farmers with the government have remained inconclusive. The next round of talks with the government is scheduled for January 15.
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