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Farmers to discuss with Union ministers on Wednesday

New Delhi: The protesting farmers have been invited by the NDA government for negotiations with the ministerial delegation on the 30th. Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal sent the invite to 40 famer organizations on Sunday evening. He said the Centre is keen on taking the negotiations to a logical conclusion.  The farmers’ leaders said they would attend the talk proposed by the Centre.

Farmers’ leaders unhappy with the invite

“The government has used vague and unspecific language, indicating its unwillingness to discuss the full agenda items proposed by farmers,” the farmers’ leader commented on the letter they received. The statement issued by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), of the platforms dedicated to protesting farmers. “It (the letter from Sanjay Agarwal) is woefully short of any attempt to resolve issues,” said the statement issued by the AIKSCC.

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Govt. intensions are clear in reforming farm sector:PM

The letter said the farmers’ groups have indicated their willingness to participate in negotiations with an open mind. The government also is keen on reaching a logical solution to the relevant issues with an open mind and honest intensions. The same thing was said by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday while flagging off Kisan Rail from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal via videoconferencing. The government’s intentions and transparency in reforming the agricultural sector is beyond doubt, Modi said.

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Agitation enters 33rd day             

The “Delhi chalo” programme by farmers was stated on 26 November 2020, 33 days ago, when they launched their protest movement at Delhi-Haryana border. Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmers’ unions has been leading the movement.

‘Do or die’ battle : Samajwadi leader exhorts

 Leader of opposition in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Ram Govind Choudhary on Monday exhorted the farmers for a ‘do or die’ battle (aar – paar ki ladai) for the withdrawal of the three agriculture laws. Leaders from UP, Haryana, Rajasthan have been talking to the protesting farmers on regular basis. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the farmers at the border twice in twenty days.

Also Read: Farmers Protest: Senior Congress leaders detained from meeting President

Amit Shah to lead the ministerial group

So far, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has been heading the ministerial delegation. This time Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to lead the ministers in their talks with farmers’ leaders. It shows the government is keen on finding a solution to the prolonged agitation by the farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, the two States ruled by the Congress and the BJP respectively. 

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