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Center must accept farmers’ demands in next round of talks: Bhupinder Hooda | India News


ROHTAK: Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said Thursday that government it must accept the demands of the agitating farmers in the next round of talks.
He said farmers have already spent nearly two months on the roads while protesting against farm laws.
The opposition leader in the state assembly also said that farmers have made it clear to the government that they will settle for nothing less than a withdrawal of farm laws.
“But the government pretends to ignore the demands of the farmers when the whole country knows from day one that they have been demanding the withdrawal of the three agricultural laws and a law that guarantees the MSP,” he said in a statement.
“Despite this, the government has been going around and around the same issue. Sometimes he talks about amending the laws, sometimes he suggests forming a committee and sometimes postponing the laws, ”Hooda said.
“It seems that the government does not want to end the movement. The demands of the farmers must be accepted by the government in the next round of talks to be held tomorrow, ”said Hooda.
More than 100 farmers have been killed during his ongoing upheaval, he said referring to several deaths of farmers, who were protesting in the open in cold weather for several weeks. Some of the farmers have also committed suicide.
On Thursday, Hooda also offered his condolences to the family of a farmer Jai Bhagwan, 42, after visiting his home in Pakasma village here.
The farmer had allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous tablets at the farmers’ protest site on Delhi’s Tikri border on Tuesday, police said.
“The families of the martyred peasants should not feel alone. We are all with them in this hour of pain, ”he said later.
Hooda has demanded that the government grant martyr status to farmers who have lost their lives during the upheaval of laws against farms and financial assistance to their families, in addition to a government job for one of the members of the family.
The congressional leader said that the government is constantly testing the patience of farmers.
“This government negligence is proving fatal to them as large numbers of farmers have lost their lives due to heart attacks, colds and accidents,” he said.
“Many farmers have committed suicide out of desperation. Around 150 farmers have lost their lives during the upheaval for different reasons, ”he said.
“Despite this, the government is not willing to submit to the will of the people. Instead of accepting the demands of the farmers, the government is using all tricks to end the movement, ”he alleged.
“The government must find a solution in tomorrow’s meeting,” he demanded.
The Center had proposed on Wednesday suspending the three contentious farm laws for up to a year and a half and establishing a joint committee to find an amicable solution in the interests of the farming community.
During their 10th round of negotiations with three central ministers, the two sides decided to meet again on Friday after union leaders held their internal consultations on Thursday to decide on the government’s new proposal.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting at various border points in Delhi against the Center’s new agricultural laws for nearly two months.

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