Farmers protest: Center says it is not ‘logical’ to include MSP in talks, unions likely to respond today
The ‘Dilli Chalo’ protest against three agricultural laws called by several thousand farmers on November 26 enters the 30th of Friday. Protesters, according to their announced schedule, will picket toll plazas today as the clash with the Center over the laws continues, although the Center on Thursday sent a new invitation to protesters urging them to resume talks and set a date.
Here are the latest updates from the four-week protest:
1. The new invitation from the Center comes after the unions wrote that the agenda should be revised, as they had already rejected the proposals after the fifth meeting.
2. The Center said that it would not be logical to include any new demand related to the minimum price of sustenance on the agenda, as it was outside the scope of the new agricultural laws. “Any new lawsuit related to MSP, which is outside the purview of farm laws, is not logical to include in the talks. As previously reported, the government is ready to discuss all issues raised by farmers’ unions, ”says the three-page letter written by Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Vivek Aggarwal.
3. Regarding the electricity amendment bill and laws related to stubble burning, the government said it is ready to discuss whether the farmers’ unions have other problems in addition to the draft proposal presented based on the discussion on 3 May. December.
Four. In reaction to the new invitation, the farmers said Thursday that the MSP cannot separate itself from the demand to repeal the contentious laws, stating that the issue of a legal guarantee is a key part of their agitation.
5. The unions are likely to hold a meeting today to discuss the Center’s letter and what to write in the formal response to the ministry.
6. The farmers have alleged that the repeated invitation of the Center without changing the agenda is propaganda against the protesters to create the impression that they (the farmers) are not interested in dialogue.
7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with farmers from six states at 12 noon via video conferencing, as he will release a fund of Rs 18,000 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. The event coincides with the anniversary of the birth of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which the BJP celebrates every year as “Good Governance Day”.
8. Today’s interaction of PM Modi amid the ongoing standoff will be held as a nationwide “festival” with BJP ministers, MPs and MLA attending the show from various locations. Farmers from one crore will participate directly, while more than five crore will listen to Modi’s speech. Union Interior Minister Amit Shah will attend the program in Mehrauli, while Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will be in Sector 15 in Dwarka.
9. Reiterating that he will submit his resignation on the day that the MSP cannot guarantee, Haryana’s Senior Deputy Minister Dushyant Chautala said Thursday that the new central farm laws need many amendments and urged protesting farmers to give “concrete suggestions.”
10. Congressional leader Rahul Gandhi met with President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday and presented a memorandum with the signatures of two crore farmers against the laws. He said the government should convene a joint session of Parliament to repeal these laws.