New Delhi, January 6, 2021
Even after the seventh round of discussion no consensus was reached between the Centre and the agitating Indian farmers at the borders of Delhi. The latest development announces a tractor march on Thursday in a bid to intensify the agitation.
The Farmers agitation which began in late November seeking the repeal of three
Agriculture laws that had been passed by the Centre which were seen as not being in the interest of the farmers, has not moved beyond the deadlock that it had reached.
It was announced by Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj India, who are supporters of the agitation that a tractor march will take place on January 7th. This is being done to mark an escalation of their agitation. This he said would be a small curtain raiser of the big agitation that they have planned for Republic Day.
However in the meetings between BJP leaders from Punjab and Narendra Modi, assurances of an early resolution have been given by the leaders. The leaders expressed their optimism over a good outcome. This meeting was conducted in Delhi on Tuesday. It is to be noted that the agitating farmers are demanding a repeal of all the 3 laws passed recently, and are also seeking a legal guarantee for the MSP system (The MSP being the minimum support price.)
Earlier Ashok Gehlot, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan had mentioned that the Centre should talk to the farmers on a regular basis and repeal the 3 farm laws and should dissociate this decision from it being a prestige issue.
Even after the seventh round of discussions no outcome that was acceptable to both parties was forthcoming. The next round of meetings has been slated for January 8th 2021.