LIVE updates from farmers’ protest: I challenge Rahul Gandhi, DMK to debate reforms, says Javadekar – update live
It has been a month since farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, began their protest march towards the national capital seeking the removal of the three controversial agricultural laws passed by the central government in September. So far, five rounds of talks between farmer groups and Union ministers have been held and have been inconclusive. On Friday, the protesters met to discuss the Center’s latest invitation to dialogue, and some of them indicated that they could resume the dialogue to find a solution to the deadlock. Another farmer group meeting will take place today where a formal decision will be made on the invitation to resume the talks.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that the government was open to talks and blamed opposition parties for misleading farmers against the three new laws on its political agenda. Publishing the next installment of the PM-KISAN scheme, Modi added: “I bow to the farmers. Most of them have supported the laws. I will never allow the interests of farmers to be compromised at any cost ”. However, the farmer groups criticized the Prime Minister’s leadership, saying that not once did he address those who had been protesting, adding that the speech was a mix of fake and fabricated news.
The protesting farmers, who have been camping at various border points in Delhi and neighboring states, seek the removal of the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, the Farmers’ Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Farm Service and Price Guarantee Act of 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act of 2020.
The Center has projected that the new laws will cut out the middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce across India. However, farmers argue that the laws would demolish the Minimum Subsistence Price (MSP) policy and eliminate the wholesale market system.
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I challenge Rahul Gandhi, DMK to debate reforms: Javadekar
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar attacked the leader of Congress, Rahul Gandhi, and challenged him and the DMK to an open debate on whether the agricultural reforms introduced by the central government are in the interest of farmers or not.
Center adopting a cruel and insensitive attitude towards farmers: SAD
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) targeted the central government for the ongoing uproar and accused it of adopting a “callous and cruel attitude” towards farmers. Party Chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal said the government should hold talks on ways and means to repeal the three agricultural laws in a “sincere” way.