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INDORE: Holding the Centre’s “stubborn attitude” answerable for the impasse over the new farm legal guidelines, Sanyukt Kisan Morcha’s coordination panel member Shiv Kumar Sharma on Sunday mentioned regardless of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s assurance in Parliament on holding talks with farmers, no date is conveyed by the authorities for the subsequent spherical of talks. The SKM, which is an umbrella physique of 40 farmer organisations, has been steering the protests of farmers for the scrapping of the three agri legal guidelines at borders of Delhi.
“The main reason for the deadlock on the new farm laws is the ‘adiyal ravayya’ (stubborn attitude) of the Centre. We have already held 12 rounds of talks with the government, but it is not yet ready to give a legal guarantee to farmers on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of crops,” mentioned Sharma, popularly often called ‘Kakkaji’, who heads the Rashtriya Majdoor Mahasangh (RMS), part of the SKM.
He instructed reporters at a press convention right here that Prime Minister Narendra Modi repeatedly instructed Parliament that the door of the federal government is all the time open for talks with farmers.
“But we have neither been told by the government to enter this door, nor has any date been given or we invited for the next round of talks,” Sharma mentioned.
Describing the three agri-marketing legal guidelines as a “death warrant” for farmers, he mentioned, “If the government really cares to protect the interests of farmers, then it should accept our demand for the withdrawal of the new farm laws”.
Referring to current tweets by American pop star Rihanna and Sweden’s environmental activist Greta Thunberg in help of the farmers’ motion and the tweets by cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and singer Lata Mangeshkar backing the federal government, Sharma mentioned, “we all are nationalists”.
“We will sort out the issue of new farm laws together with the government. We won’t tolerate the interference of external powers in this matter,” he added.
Taking a potshot at Tendulkar, Sharma requested whether or not he had carried out any farming…What he is aware of about farmers?
Sharma mentioned ‘mahapanchayats’ will likely be held by farmers in each district of Madhya Pradesh in opposition to the brand new farm legal guidelines, starting at Khargone on Monday.
“We will also start ‘One village 20 farmers’ (‘Ek Gram-20 Kisan’) campaign in Madhya Pradesh under which 20 peasants from each village (in MP) will be roped in for participation in the ongoing agitation at the borders of Delhi,” he added.
Thousands of farmers, principally from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been tenting at three Delhi border factors – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – for practically 80 days, demanding a repeal of the three agri legal guidelines and a authorized assure on minimal help value (MSP).

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