Round 7 of Talks Fail: Farmers Blame Centre’s ‘Ego Problem’  

The seventh round of talks between the government and representatives of protesting farmers remained inconclusive on Monday, with both parties refusing to budge from their stance

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The seventh round of talks between the government and representatives of protesting farmers remained inconclusive on Monday, with both parties refusing to budge from their stance. While the farmers stuck to their demand for the repeal of three farm laws, the government tried to discuss the laws clause-wise and is believed to have suggested a panel to end the deadlock.

What happened at the meeting?

The discussions began with the government represented by Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal and Som Parkash joining the kisan union leaders in observing two minutes silence for the farmers who have lost their lives during the course of the protests. Till now over 50 farmers have died since the protest against 3 farm laws began.

The meeting was mostly dedicated to the Union ministers trying to explain to the farmers what amendments could be brought to the three laws. Farmers' representatives, however, made it clear to the ministers that they were not interested in the clause-by-clause discussion as proposed by the government.

Some of the Union representatives refused to continue with the discussions unless the repeal is part of the agenda.

Farmers arrange own langar at meeting

During the lunch break at the meeting with Centre, representatives of protesting farmers had their own food, arranged from langar (community kitchen), as they have been doing for the last few times.

Farmers’ reaction

Farmer leaders have alleged that it was the government’s “ego problem” that was coming in the way of resolving the issues and they insisted they would not relent on their key demands for the repeal of the three laws.

What happens next?

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said he remains hopeful of a solution in the next meeting on January 8, but asserted that efforts need to be made from both sides for a solution to be reached. In all probability the unions will also intensify their agitation. They already warned of carrying out tractor march on Republic Day if the demands are not met.

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