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Talks between Govt and farmers’ unions underway, no solution in sight

New Delhi: Uncertainty looms large over the eighth round of talks between the Centre and striking farmers unions underway here on Friday afternoon with farmers representatives refusing to budge from their stand of repeal of the three laws and the government hoping that the talks would have a positive outcome.

The deadlock continues even as the talks between the Centre and farmers’ representatives complete nearly one and a half months.

Earlier Friday Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal who are representing the government, had a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence to finalize the strategy for the talks.

Ahead of the talks with farmers’ representatives Mr Tomar stressed the need for a common ground and said both sides had to take steps to find a solution.…’’Each side has to take steps to reach a solution,’’ he said.

Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said the farmers would not settle anything less than the repeal of the three farm laws. ‘’Kanoon Wapsi Nahi to Ghar Wapsi Nahi’’ (No repeal of laws, no going back home), he said.

The farmers’ agitation entered 44th day on Friday with no signs of early resolution. Seven rounds of talks have been held so far without any concrete result. However, both sides had reached an agreement at the sixth round of talks on December 30 on two demands of the striking farmers including no punishment for stubble burning and continuation of the electricity subsidy given to farmers by states for irrigation.

Hannan Mollah, General Secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), accused the government of unnecessarily dragging the issues on and on. These laws would ‘’destroy’’ Indian agriculture, he said.

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