Mumbai: The seventh round of farmers with the central government ended in a deadlock on Monday as both sides remained adamant on the newly enacted agricultural laws.
With the Centre refusing to repeal the farm laws, the farmers on the other hand remained adamant and said they would not return home until the agricultural laws were repealed. However, the next round of talks with the Center will be held again on 8 January.
“We will meet the government again on 8 January and discuss three agricultural laws and MSP issues. We have told the government that if the law does not come back, there will be no return of home for the farmers,” farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said after meeting the centre.
The farmers’ statement comes after protests between unions and three union ministers in the seventh round. Since the two sides took a lunch break after nearly an hour of negotiations, the government was adamant on not repealing the laws and is believed to have suggested a panel to pursue the matter.
In the first hour of negotiations, the two sides discussed another important demand of farmers for legal guarantees for the Minimum Support Price (MSP) procurement system.
Representatives of the protesting peasants had their meals, arranged from the langar (community kitchen), as they have been doing for some time. However, unlike the final round of talks on 30 December, the ministers did not include union leaders for the meal and were being discussed separately during the break, which lasted more than an hour and a half.
The two sides came together to resume their discussion at around 5.15 pm.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting against the three laws for over a month at various borders in Delhi. Apart from the severe conditions of the cold weather in and around the national capital, he jammed the last few days despite heavy rains and waterlogging.