NEW DELHI: Ahead of the second round of talks with the government, farmers group continued to protest for the eighth day at five border points of Delhi in addition to the protest at the Burari ground in Northern Delhi. The farmers upping the ante have demanded for a special parliament session to repeal the new farm laws and an intensification of protests Saturday onwards. Here are the latest developments:
Farmers flag six points ahead of Thursday’s meeting
Farm groups under the banner of Samyukt Kisan Morcha coordination committee held marathon meetings on Wednesday to prepare a detailed note for Thursday’s huddle, flagging six points in their letter to Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar. The unions are clear they won’t agree to any compromise on MSP of crops and complete purchase of grains by state procurement agencies.
Farmers demand a special parliament session
The demand for a special Parliament session has deepened the deadlock, further shrinking the middle ground between the government and farmers groups. Darshanpal, president of Krantikari Kisan Union (KKU), one of the 32 farm unions of Punjab, said, “We call for burning of effigies across the country to protest against the Modi government and corporate houses on December 5 if there will not be any solution in the meeting on Thursday.”
Several Delhi routes remain closed
To prevent protesting farmers from entering the capital, police have already closed the Delhi-Haryana border points at Singhu, Tikri, Jharoda and Jhatikra. Besides Badusarai border being open for two-wheelers, others open for driving into Haryana are Dhansa, Daurala, Kapashera, Rajokri NH-8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera. The traffic police have asked motorists to avoid Outer Ring Road from Signature Bridge to Rohini, GT Karnal Road, NH 44 and Singhu, Auchandi and Lampur borders.
Centre may agree to some demands
Farm groups get feelers government might tweak laws on MSP and APMC’ Sources told TOI that farm groups received feelers from the Centre that it may halt provision of fine up to Rs 1 crore and imprisonment of up to five years under the provisions of the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) and may even put on hold the proposed Electricity Bill 2020. It was indicated the Centre would also agree to some amendments in the three laws, especially pertaining to MSP and APMC.
Farmers hold havan for ‘good sense’ to prevail
The farmers protesting at UP Gate organised a havan on Wednesday to pray for ‘good sense’ to prevail in the government. Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), who are at the forefront of the protest, have also decided to hold a mahapanchayat on Thursday and then decide on the next course of action.