Will continue with the protest till May 2024, say farmers ahead of 10th round of discussion
Ahead of the tenth round of discussion with the government, protesting farmers remained firm on their decision to conduct a tractor parade in Delhi on Republic Day. The tenth round of discussion is scheduled on January 19.
All the nine discussions that happened between the representatives of farmers' union and Centre have failed to produce a result as the agitating farmers stick to their demand of complete repeal of the contentious agri- laws passed by the Parliament last September.
Even on Sunday, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged the agitating farmers to give up their 'stubborn' act even after the Supreme Court has stayed the introduction of three agri-laws. Meanwhile, leader of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Rakesh Tikait said that they will continue to protest "till May 2024" and he termed the ongoing protest as an 'ideological revolution.' The country will witness next Lok Sabha elections during April - May 2024.
The Agriculture Minister said, "the government wants the farmers to come for clause by clause discussion at the next meeting on January 19. Except for the demand of repealing the laws, the government is ready to consider seriously and with an open heart other alternatives."
On January 11, the Supreme Court had stayed the implementation of new farm laws till further orders and constituted a four-member committee to solve the deadlock.
Since November 26, 2020, the farmers have been agitating near Delhi borders demanding the withdrawal of the new farm laws, which they believe will eliminate MSP and Mandi system, leaving them at the mercy of corporates.