With 11th round of talks making no way headway in negotiations, as farmers leaders held to their demands for a full reversal of three farm laws that they considered to be pro-corporate and a legal guarantee for MSP.
Centre asked them to rethink their plan to keep the Acts for 12-18 months. This was followed by a huge upturn made by the Centre during the last round, where they offered to postpone the regulations and set up a joint committee to find remedies.
The farmers’ leaders concluded the meeting to the government that they had voted to oppose the government’s suggestion in the last round of talks on Wednesday.
The three central ministers, including Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, urged the union leaders to rethink their stance.
During th lunch break, 41 farmer leaders consulted among themselves, while the three central ministers waited in a different room in Vigyan Bhawan. Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) leader Joginder Singh Ugrahan said the discussions have broken down as the unions rejected the government’s proposal.
The ministers told the unions that they have been given all possible options and they must discuss internally the proposal of suspending the laws. Tomar told the farmers’ leaders that the government would be happy for another meeting if the farmers wished to discuss the plan, sources said.
The Minister also thanked the unions for their support and said that while there were no issues with the rules, the government offered to suspend them as a respect for the farmers protesting.
Farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka said there was no improvement in the talks, and the government asked the unions to rethink their plan.