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“No improvement in situation at all,” says Supreme Court on farmer-centre imbroglio

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The farmers protesting near Delhi borders are set to intensify their agitation as the deadlock over the new agricultural laws doesn’t seem to end. Hence, the Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed its discontentment, saying “there’s no improvement in situation at all.”

While hearing a petition against the farm laws, Chief Justice SA Bobde said the top court’s intention is to encourage talks between the government and the protesting farmers. “There’s no improvement in (the) situation at all. We understand the situation and we encourage talks,” the Chief Justice said.

Just two days before the farmers and the central government held their seventh round of talks, which also ended without a consensus.

“We are discussing with farmers. There are chances of some sort of understanding between the parties,” Attorney General KK Venugopal told the court.

On the other hand, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “A healthy discussion is going on now.”

Talking to reporters, Sarwan Singh Pandher of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee said, “The Agriculture Minister clearly said during the meeting that the laws will not be scrapped, he even told us to approach the Supreme Court.” Pandher attended the meeting with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday.

The farmers have been protesting near Delhi’s borders since late November. Farmers across the country have been demanding the scrapping of the controversial farm laws, which they say would leave them at the mercy of corporates.

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