Acrucial meeting of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) will be held at the Singhu border on Saturday to decide the future course of action regarding the ongoing farmers’ agitation.
Farmer leaders said any decision on whether to send five names to the Centre for a panel on MSP will be taken in the meeting as they have not yet received any formal communication from the government.
The meeting will also ponder over pending demands of the protesting farmers, which include a legal guarantee on minimum support price (MSP) of crops, withdrawal of cases against farmers, compensation to kin of farmers who lost their lives during the agitation.
Speaking to India Today in Ghazipur on Saturday, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said, “All members of SKM will be present for today’s meeting. After our 4-5 remaining issues are addressed, the movement will end. We are all of the same opinion.”
HERE ARE THE TOP DEVELOPMENTS IN THE STORY:
- On November 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre would repeal the three farm laws.
- The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, was tabled during the Winter Session of Parliament. On Monday, the central government passed a bill in Parliament to repeal the three contentious farm laws.
Repeal of the farm laws was one of the main demands of the protesting farmers. But the stalemate continues as their other demands such as legal guarantees on MSPs, compensation to families of farmers who died during the movement and withdrawal of cases against them are still to be met.
- On Tuesday, the government demanded five names from the SKM to form a panel to deliberate on MSP and other issues. However, later in the day, the SKM in a statement said that its leaders had received a phone call from the Centre on the issue but there was no formal communication.
- On Friday, the SKM, in a statement, said that farmers’ struggle for pending demands continues as there is no formal assurance from the Centre as yet on them.
“SKM has not received any reply from the government in response to its letter to the Prime Minister, where SKM had raised six key demands as a pre-condition for withdrawal of the farm movement,” the statement said. “There has been no talk with the central government. Hopefully, a solution will emerge,” Rakesh Tikait said.
- Meanwhile, farm union leaders from Haryana on Friday held a lengthy meeting with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar at his residence, but later said no agreement was reached over their demands, including withdrawal of cases registered against protesters during their stir against farm laws.