Though the government was hopeful of a breakthrough in their eighth round of negotiations with the agitating farmers for the change in farm laws, it ended in a deadlock once again. Now the government is looking at the SC to intervene to look for a direction in this matter. They are likely to meet the agitating farmers again to discuss the issues on this month’s 15th .
The Supreme Court will most certainly hear all the concerns surrounding the legitimacy of the laws and the demonstrations next week.
Both the agitating farmers and the BJP-led government will discuss other alternatives and possibilities on the two issues of repealing the three farm laws and legal guarantee for MSP before coming for the ninth round of negotiations, sources said.
“We could not reach at any conclusion on the two main demands of the protesting farmers that are repeal of the acts and a legal guarantee for MSP as farmers could not come up with any alternative which is why we have decided to again meet on January 15,” said Agriculture Minister.
“We cannot and won’t repeal the laws as they have been passed by the country’s Parliament,” Tomar is believed to have told the farmers during the discussions.
During media interaction, the agriculture minister said that i now Supreme Court’s direction is required to break the deadlock and every Indian is looking to the SC for guidance.
At the outset, the agriculture minister appealed to farmer representatives for a dialogue on the laws, while farm leaders reiterated their demand that the new Acts must be withdrawn, sources said, adding that the agriculture minister stressed on protecting the farmers’ interest of the entire country.
The discussion between the 3 ministers and the farmer’s representatives took place for an hour. Before the start of the meeting, Tomar had also met senior BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah for about an hour.