After 21 days of farmer agitation on the day Tens of Thousands farmers completely block the Chilla Border between Delhi and Noida on Wednesday to press for their demands Supreme Court finally stepped in
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Centre and proposed the formation of a committee, with representatives from both the government and farmer unions, to end the deadlock over the three farm laws, news agency PTI reported.
Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and comprising of Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian was hearing a series of petition seeking removal of the protester from Delhi’s borders.
“Your negotiations with protesting farmers have not worked apparently till now,” the court said, adding that the protesting farmer unions should be made party to the case.
Meanwhile, the farmer unions today sent a written reply to the government Wednesday, rejecting its December 9 proposal in which it offered significant concessions.
An Agriculture Ministry official confirmed to The Indian Express that the government received a written response from the farmer unions.
However, he refused to answer queries about whether the government would send an invitation for talks to farmers.
Earlier in Tuesday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi said farmers gathered near Delhi are being misled as part of a conspiracy.
Speaking after laying foundation stones for projects in his home state Gujarat, Modi also said his government is addressing farmers’ concerns over the new agri laws.
Hearing PM modi comments in news the protesting farmers have hardened their stance and have asserted they will “make” the Centre repeal the laws.
As leaders of multiple farmer unions leaders sought to ratchet up pressure on the Centre declaring their fight has reached a stage where they are “determined” to win it no matter what,
Hardening their stance on farm laws, farmer leaders said they will “make” govt repeal these legislations, and asserted fight has reached stage where they are “determined” to win it .
Addressing a press conference at Singhu Border here, farmer leader Jagjeet Dallewal said, “The government is saying ‘we won’t repeal these laws’, we are saying we will make you do it.”
“The fight has reached a stage where we are determined to win no matter what,” he said. He also said,
“We are not running away from negotiation, but the government has to pay heed to our demands and come forward with concrete proposals.”
Several other farmer leaders also addressed the press conference, and called upon people to pay tributes on December 20 to those farmers who have lost their lives during the ongoing protests.
Farmer leader Rishipal said that one farmer has died every day on an average since the protest started in the last week of November.
“A Homage Day (Shraddhanjali Diwas) for all the farmers who lost their lives and became martyrs in the ongoing protest will be organised across the country in villages and tehsil headquarters on 20th December from 11 am to 1pm,” said another farmer leader.