A day before the important meeting between the Center and the protesting farmers on Friday, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Thursday that the government is ready to consider any proposal other than withdrawing three new agricultural laws. However, one of the main demands of the central government of farmers is to withdraw the new agricultural laws. Punjab’s Nanaksar Gurudwara head Baba Lakha, a renowned religious leader of the state also met Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday, offering mediation before the talks between agrarian organizations, protesting against the new agricultural laws and central government.
During a meeting with Lakkha Singh, the head of the Collectorate, Nanaksar Gurdwara in Punjab, Tomar said, “The government has moved ten steps forward. Now the Farmers’ organizations should also move a little further. If the farmers make any proposal except to repeal the agricultural laws, then the government will consider it again.” At the same time, Baba Lakkha said, “we will come up with a new proposal and an attempt will be made to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”
Amid escalations after meeting Baba Lakkha, Tomar refused to say anything about the outcome of the talks between the farmers and the government on Friday. Tomar, who is representing the government along with Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Prakash, in talks with the representatives of agitating farmers’ organizations Tomar, said that he cannot say right now what will be the result of a meeting with the leaders of 40 protesting farmers’ organizations at Vigyan Bhavan on January 8 at 2 pm.
The minister also denied offering a proposal to Baba Lakha, the head of Punjab’s Nanaksar Gurdwara, to end the deadlock. Asked whether the government has negotiated a proposal with the Nanaksar Gurdwara chief, the minister said, “The government has not made any such proposal.” The government has said that it will consider any proposal except seeking to withdraw these laws. “
Asked if the states were allowed to implement new central laws in the proposals, he said, “No”. He also said, “I will continue to talk to him (Baba Lakha). He has come to Delhi today, it became news. But I have an old relationship with him. “
Asked if he would meet any other religious leader in Punjab who could mediate between the protesting farmers and the government to end the deadlock, Tomar said, “I will meet them – whether they are farmers or leaders.” ‘
At the same time, Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Chaudhary said that the new agricultural laws give exemption to the farmers and the government is hopeful of ending the existing deadlock as soon as possible.
He said, “The steps that have been taken are just the beginning and more reforms are to be done. Next, there will be the Pesticide Bill and the Seed Bill. “
Meanwhile, Lakha Singh said after meeting Tomar, “People are dying. Children, farmers, elderly women and men are on the streets. There is Unbearable sadness. I thought that there should be a solution to this, so I met the Agriculture Minister. The conversation was good and we tried to find a solution.”
Lakha Singh said, “We appeal to the government and farmers, they should resolve this issue as soon as possible. The Minister has assured us that he is with us to find a solution.”
The BJP said on Thursday, farmers should have waited until the next round of talks scheduled for January 8 before invoking the tractor march. BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said it is not right to call any protest march when the talks are going on.