Farmers unions are hardening their stand as standoff continues. (Image credit: Praveen Khanna/ Indian Express)

Farmers vs Govt: It is back to square one

Hardening their stand, the agitating farmers unions have unanimously rejected the written proposal of the Union government offering amendments in the three recently enacted farm laws.

The farmers also resolved to set all the toll plazas free on Dec 12 and sit on dharna across the country on Dec 14. On that day they will gherao all the ministers and the elected representatives belonging to the ruling BJP in the country and would boycott them. The farmers have also decided to boycott all the Reliance malls as well as other Reliance products including JIO.

The 32 farmers’ unions, which met at mid-noon on Wednesday after receiving the government proposal, also said that they would block Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra Highways on Dec 12. They would also stage phase-wise road blockades in Delhi too.

The farmers’ bodies made it amply clear that they are not going to accept anything less than the total roll back. They said that the government should call a special session of Parliament to repeal all the three laws and guarantee the Minimum Support Price on the basis of the Swaminathan Committee recommendations.

The hardening of stand by farmers means that their agitation is not going to be called off soon. There is no news about any further negotiations with the Union government, which too is in no mood to budge any more

Early in the morning came the news of the death of a 34-year old agitating farmer from cold.

Meanwhile, a delegation of five opposition leaders led by the Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar which included the Congress and CPM leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury called on President Ramnath Kovind and appealed to the Centre to repeal all the three farm laws as they were passed in Parliament without due discussion and debate.

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