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Farm protest: Centre defers 10th round of talks with farmer unions to Jan 20

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The tenth round of negotiation talks between the Centre and farmers’ leaders over the three contentious farm laws gets delayed by one day and is now rescheduled for January 20 for 2 pm at Vigyan Bhavan.

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Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala finds that the negotiation talks have been delayed because of different idealogies entering the discussion and wanting a ‘solution in their own way’.

As per report, the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the unions were asked to submit a draft of their demands to the Centre, which the government would consider with an ‘open mind’.

Thousands of farmers have been camping against the agricultural laws of the Modi government at Delhi’s borders for the past few months. The Supreme Court had earlier stayed the contentious three agricultural laws and formed a committee to look into the grievances of the farmers. However, the issue still doesn’t seem to finalized anytime soon as the protesting farmers continue to call for a complete repeal of the new farm laws and the government has not yet agreed to their demand.

Till now, total ninth round of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ unions have taken place over the three contentious agriculture laws, which last concluded on January 15, with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar saying they were not decisive. The first meeting of the panel is on January 19.

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Furthermore, the top court on January 18, adjourned the Centre’s petition filed through the Delhi Police, seeking an injunction against the farmers’ tractor rally that is scheduled for Republic Day. However, the three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde, said that cops are at liberty to invoke all powers under the law and have all the power to deal with law and order situations. “Who should be allowed and the number of people to enter are all matters of law and order to be decided by the police. We are not the first authority,” stated Chief Justice Bobde.

The ‘Republic Day tractor rally’ was planned by the agitating farmers, in protest of centre’s new farm laws, to build pressure on the central government against the implementation of what the farmers call ‘anti-farm’ laws. Farmer leaders, however, clarified that the tractor rally on January 26 will only take place at the Haryana-Delhi borders and that they are not planning to reach the Red Fort to disrupt the Republic Day parade as is being claimed by some.

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