Centre accuses ‘other ideology’ people of delaying farmer protest solution

Chennai: Two days before the crucial tenth round of talks with representatives of protesting farmers on controversial new farm laws, the centre said both sides want to resolve the long-continuing stalemate at the earliest but it was getting delayed due to involvement of people of other ideologies.

Asserting that the new farm laws are in the interest of the farming community, the government said obstacles do come whenever good things or measures are taken and it is taking longer to resolve the issue as farmers’ leaders want a solution their own way.

A SC-appointed panel to resolve the crisis is also scheduled to hold its first meeting on Tuesday.

The previous rounds of talks between the government and farmers have failed to reach any concrete results, as protesting unions have stuck to their main demand for repealing the new laws, but the government has refused to do so.

Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala said, “It is different when farmers talk to us directly. When leaders get involved, then it becomes difficult. There could have been an early solution had the discussions were held with farmers directly”.

Since people of different ideologies have entered into the protest, they want a solution in their own way, he said.

“Both sides want a solution, but they have different points of view and hence it is taking more time. But a definite solution will emerge,” he noted.


NT Bureau