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Farmers harden stance, say we can also be adamant if government is stubborn

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There seems to be no end to the deadlock between the protesting farmers and the center even after several rounds of talks. The farmers have hardened their stand and remained steadfast with their demands.

The Centre on Wednesday sent a new proposal to the farmers which they rejected. The center in the proposal assured minimum support price, change in the APMC act, tax on private players etc. But the protesting farmers don’t seem to very happy at this offer by the government.

They said if the government is stubborn and not withdraw the laws, then the farmers are stubborn too to carry on with their protests.

“Farmers won’t go back. It’s a matter of their respect. Will the government now withdraw laws? Will there be tyranny? If the government is stubborn, then so are farmers. Laws have to be withdrawn,” said Rakesh Tikait, the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union. He indicated no thaw in the ongoing stalemate, which has laid siege to the Capital.

The agitation by the farmers has entered its 14th day as they fear that new farm laws would take over farming and hand it over to the corporates. Every attempt to assuage the protests has failed so far.

The farmers now demand a complete obliteration of the laws while the Centre has also made its stand clear that there will be amendments to the provisions and no complete rescinding of the laws. The farmers, however, have rejected the provision of amendments to the laws. Starting from September — after the laws were enacted — there have been five meetings between farmers and the Centre.

Ever since the ‘Dilli Chalo’ protests that began on November 26, three meetings have been held without any solution. The sixth meeting scheduled to have taken place on Wednesday was cancelled as no side is ready to budge. 

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