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“I want to talk too but …”: Agricultural unions on the statements of Prime Minister Modi | India News

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NEW DELHI: Farmers unions said Saturday that they want to hold talks with the government about the new farm laws, but will not back down on their demand that they be withdrawn entirely.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a body that groups together farmers’ unions, added that there is absolutely no chance of closing the door on talks with the government.
The SKM was reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments at an all-party meeting earlier today, where he emphasized that his government’s proposal to the unions still stands and is just a “phone call” away for talks. .
“Farmers have come to the gates of Delhi to talk with their elected government and therefore it is not about farmers’ organizations closing the door on talks with the government,” Morcha said in a statement.

However, the morcha will continue to seek the total repeal of the laws as well as a legal guarantee for the Minimum Subsistence Price (MSP) system.
In a virtual address to the leaders of the political partners, the Prime Minister said today that the government’s offer to suspend agricultural laws for 12-18 months still stands.
“The prime minister assured that the Center is approaching the issue of farmers with an open mind,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said after the meeting.
“The Prime Minister said that the position of the Center is the same as that of January 22, the last meeting between protesting farmers and the Center and the proposal given by the Minister of Agriculture on agricultural laws still stands. Modiji reiterated what Tomarji had said: that he (Narendra Singh Tomar) is a phone call away for a conversation, “Joshi said, quoting Modi.

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