7th Negotiation Of Farmer’s Protest Leads To The Threat Of Violent Protest – But 8th Negotiation Is Still On Table

The Farmers Had Earlier Warned To Escalate Protest By Closing Malls And Petrol Pumps If The Centre Fails To Fulfill Their Demands.

Cultivators of the earth are the most worthy citizens. They are the most strong, the most sovereign, the noblest; They belong to their country and are married to its liberty and benefits by the most lasting bonds. On 5th January 2021, The Government and the farmers stepped into the seventh negotiation.

However, the farmers are adamant that they will only end the protests if the Government agrees to abolish the three farm laws. The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce that includes Promotion and Facilitation Act; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance; The demand to abolish the laws also includes the Farm Services Act, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, which is an important part of the Bill.

7th Negotiation Of Farmer's Protest Leads To The Threat Of Violent Protest, But 8th Negotiation Is Still On Table

The seventh round of agreements between diplomats of protesting farmers and the Central government failed to resolve the deadlock against the three farm laws. The government stayed firm on not abolishing the controversial laws. The government has also understood the need for a  panel that can take the matter ahead peacefully. The farmer groups also stuck to their demand for the abolition of the Acts.

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait, who participates in the conference, said in one of his interviews that the first hour of conversation remained centered over the three laws. He added to his statement that the farmer’s demand is the withdrawal of the laws. They will not agree to any options, such as the setting of the committee.

7th Round Conference

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar with Railways, Commerce, and Food Minister Piyush Goyal; Including Som Parkash, the Minister of State for Commerce, an MP from Punjab; Are representing the Government against the 4o representatives of farmer unions. The diplomats of protesting farmers consumed their own food, provided from langar (community kitchen), as they have their meals for the last few times.

However, unlike the last course of talks on December 30; The ministers did not follow the langar food’s union leaders. They were seen having their own discussion separately during the break; Which lasted for more than one and a half hours.

The farmers had earlier warned to escalate protest by closing malls and petrol pumps if the Centre fails to fulfill their demands. Jageer Singh Dalewal, a Bharat Kisan Union member, said that the farmer’s demands remain the same.
He added to his statement that Farm Laws should be abolished. And the two amendments need to be pushed back, and the government must listen. And if not, then the farmer’s agitation will continue. The next negotiation is planned for 8th January 2021, Friday.

Youth Support

Meanwhile, to support the protest, Thirty-five students of Panjab University have written to Chief Justice of India (CJI) S A Bobde and other Supreme Court judges; To proceed with an inquiry into alleged police crimes farmers protesting at Delhi edges against the three farm laws.
Aanchal Sawa, who is one of the signatories of the letter, said in one of her interviews that the apex court registry had given the letter’s diary number, which may be recorded and heard as a Public Interest Litigation.

7th Negotiation Of Farmer's Protest Leads To The Threat Of Violent Protest, But 8th Negotiation Is Still On Table

In the open note, the students of the Centre for Human Rights and Duties of the university have claimed that there has been “illegal use of water cannons, tear gas shells and lathis on peaceful protesting farmers. They also asked to press charges against the Delhi police, who misused their authority.

The youth and the country stand with the farmers; Now, let’s see if The government and Farmers can come to a peaceful conclusion in the 8th Negotiation.