The government has already made it clear that the three new laws will not be repealed and the government is only ready to give written assurances to the MSP.
Farmer leaders wrote a letter to the Agriculture Secretary on Wednesday, just before the interaction between the farmers’ organization and the Government of India, at the Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi, clearing the new agenda of three new agrarian reform laws for them. The MSP will have to cancel the purchase and demand a legal guarantee. On the other hand, the government has already made it clear that the three new laws will not come back and the government is only ready to give written assurances to the MSP.
“No force will be able to use its pressure and influence on our prime minister,” the agriculture minister said on Tuesday. Apparently, ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with farmers ’organizations, the central government has tightened its position. Farmers’ organizations, which have been protesting for the past five weeks, wrote a letter on Tuesday accepting the agriculture secretary’s offer of talks, saying they would attend the meeting to put forward four demands.
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“We have told the government in writing that the three agricultural laws should be repealed,” farmer leader Manjit Singh Rai told NDTV. At the same time, another farmer leader Surjit Full told NDTV, “We have written to the government that we will seek a legal guarantee for the MSP.”
The Indian government has already rejected the demand to repeal three new laws and is ready to give only written assurances to the MSP. In such a scenario, the stalemate will be broken from the meeting held 22 days after Home Minister Amit Shah’s meeting on December 8, a possibility that is not seen at the moment.
Manmohan Singh, who was in favor of agrarian reform during the UPA regime, failed due to political pressure:
Farmers ‘protests have been going on at the Delhi border for the past five weeks, during which there have been at least six direct talks between the government and farmers’ organizations. The problem, however, is that both sides have strengthened their position – the middle ground cannot be crossed unless one side sees extra generosity.
(Together with Mukesh Singh Sanger and Akshay Dangar)