Farmers Tell Centre: Don’t Hold Parallel Talks

The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha has written to the central government on Wednesday asking it to stop holding parallel talks with other farmer bodies over the contentious laws.

The letter comes against the backdrop of the government holding talks with several farmers organisations from different states who the Centre claimed have extended their support to the new agriculture laws.

In a letter to Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Joint Secretary Vivek Aggarwal, the Morcha said the Centre should also stop “defaming” the ongoing protests being held at several Delhi border points against the three farm laws.

“We want the government to stop defaming farmers’ agitation and holding parallel talks with other farmers’ organisations,” said Darshan Pal, a member of the ‘Sankyukt Kisan Morcha’, in his letter written in Hindi.

In his letter, Pal has also recorded in writing the farmer unions’ decision to reject a recent government proposal of amendments in the new laws.

“In reference to the proposal (dated December 9) and your (Agarwal) letter, we want to inform the government that farmer organisations held a joint meeting to discuss the proposal on the same day and rejected it,” he said.

“We had already made our stand clear in previous talks (with the government) that’s why we did not send a written reply earlier,” Pal said.

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