The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the implementation of the three farm laws and has decided to set up a committee to facilitate talks between the central government and farmer unions, in order to to resolve the impasse.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, said that it was concerned about solving the problem.
The apex court also issued notice to the farm leaders on Delhi Police plea to stop the tractor rally during Republic Day parade.
Farmer leaders welcomed the Supreme Court’s order to stay the implementation of three farm laws on Tuesday, but said they would not call off their protest until the legislations are repealed.
The eighth round of talks between the Centre and the farmer unions on January 7 headed nowhere as the Centre ruled out repealing the contentious laws, while the farmers’ leaders said they are ready to fight till death and their ‘ghar waapsi’ will happen only after ‘law waapsi’.
Hours after the Supreme Court of India pronounced a stay order on the implementation of the farm laws till further orders and formed a four-member committee to hear stakeholders and submit a report to it, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) – an umbrella body of farmers’ organizations – welcomed the suspension of the implementation of the laws as an interim measure but said it was not a solution.
It also welcomed the fact that the court did not pass any orders with regard to vacating protesting farmers from Delhi’s borders.
“Suspending the implementation of the laws as an interim measure is welcome but is not a solution and the farmer unions have not been asking for this solution, given the fact that the implementation can be reinstated at any time.
The Govt. must withdraw. It must understand that farmers and people of India are opposed to the laws,” said a statement issued by the National Working Group of the AIKSCC.
It also reiterated the farmers’ stance of not participating in any committee process and said that “the court is being misguided by various forces even in the constitution of a committee”, pointing out that “these are people who are known for their support to the 3 acts and have actively advocated for the same”.
“Farmer unions reiterate the fact that they will not participate in any court-ordered committee process – further, one of their apprehensions about such a process got validated in the very constitution of the committee.
It is clear that the Court is being misguided by various forces even in its constitution of a committee. These are people who are known for their support to the 3 Acts and have actively advocated for the same,” reads the statement issued by the AIKSCC.
The Congress on Tuesday claimed that all four members of the committee, appointed by the Supreme Court to resolve the deadlock over farmers’ agitation against three farm laws, were in favour of the legislations, and posed how could the protesters expect justice from them.
The party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala sought to know whether any government lawyer disclosed the credentials of the committee members before the court.
He also said that Prime minister Narendra Modi should talk to the farmers on January 15, when the next round of discussion between the agitators and the government is slated.
BJP Party led Haryana Government Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday said the farmers protesting at Delhi’s borders should end their agitation now following the formation of a committee by the Supreme Court over the new farm laws.
The ball is now in the court of the SC and I feel whatever is its decision, it will be acceptable to all, he said, welcoming the SC order.