The “Dilli Chalo” protest against three agricultural laws issued by several thousand farmers on November 26 enters the thirtieth day of Friday. Protesters, according to their announced schedule, will picket toll booths today as the standoff with the Law Center continues, although the Center on Thursday sent a new call to protesters urging them to resume talks and set a date.
Here are the latest updates from the four-week protest:
1. The Centre’s new invitation comes after unions wrote to them that the agenda should be revised as they had already rejected the proposals after the 5th meeting.
2. The Center said it would not be logical to include any new questions regarding the minimum support price on the agenda as it was outside the remit of the new agricultural laws. “Any new questions related to MSP, which are outside the scope of agricultural laws, are not logical to include in the talks. As previously informed, the government is ready to discuss all issues raised by farmers’ unions, ”said the three-page letter written by the joint secretary of the agriculture ministry Vivek Aggarwal.
3. Regarding the electricity amendment law and the stubble-burning laws, the government said it was ready to discuss whether the farmers’ unions have other issues besides the draft proposal given on the basis of the December 3 discussion.
4. Reacting to the new call, farmers said Thursday that the MSP cannot be separated from calling for the disputed laws to be repealed, saying the issue of a legal guarantee is a key part of their agitation.
5. Unions are likely to hold a meeting today to discuss the Centre’s letter and what to write in the formal response to the ministry.
6. Farmers said the Centre’s repeated call without changing the agenda is propaganda against protesters to create the impression that they (farmers) are not interested in dialogue.
7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with farmers in six states at noon via video conference while releasing a Rupee 18,000 crore fund under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. The event coincides with the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which the BJP celebrates every year as a “day of good governance”.
8. Prime Minister Modi’s interaction today amid the ongoing stalemate will be celebrated as a “festival” across the country with BJP ministers, MPs and MLAs participating in the program from various locations. One crore of farmers will participate directly while over five crores will listen to Modi’s speech. Union Interior Minister Amit Shah will participate in the program in Mehrauli, while Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will be in Sector 15 in Dwarka.
9. Reiterating that he will submit his resignation the day he cannot guarantee MSP, Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Thursday said the new central agricultural laws need many amendments and urged protesting farmers to give. concrete suggestions “.
10. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi met with President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday and presented a memorandum containing the signatures of two crore farmers against the laws. He said the government should call a joint session of parliament to repeal these laws.