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Farmers Protest | ‘Whatever Happens Now…’, Farmer Leaders Warn Govt Ahead Of Feb 21

In the fourth round of talks, a panel of three Union ministers proposed the purchase of pulses, maize, and cotton crops at MSP for five years. However, the protesting farmers, rejecting the government's offer, deemed it an attempt to "divert and dilute" their demand for MSP. The farmers insist on adhering to the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission report.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Feb 20, 2024 09:29 IST
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Farmers Protest: ‘Whatever Happens Now’, Farmer Leaders Issue Warning To Govt
Farmers Protest: ‘Whatever Happens Now’, Farmer Leaders Issue Warning To Govt

Farmers Protest: In the ongoing ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation, farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher has issued a stern warning to the BJP-led government, holding it accountable for “whatever happens now.” This comes after the farmers rejected the Centre’s proposal to procure pulses, maize, and cotton at Minimum Support Prices (MSP).

Farmers Protest – Continued March Despite Failed Talks

Following the breakdown of talks with the government, the protesting farmers have announced their determination to continue their march to Delhi on February 21. Sarwan Singh Pandher, expressing his perspective, conveyed that the government has made it clear they will not be allowed to enter Delhi.

Government’s Clear Intentions and Unprecedented Measures

Pandher highlighted the government’s apparent reluctance to engage in fruitful discussions, stating, “The intention of the government was very clear that they would not let us enter Delhi at any cost.” He drew attention to the excessive measures taken by the police during the march, comparing the situation in Haryana to that of Kashmir.

Demand for Accountability and Peaceful March

As the farmers assert their right to march towards Delhi on February 21, Pandher emphasized that the government would be held responsible for the consequences. He demanded accountability for the use of force against the protesting farmers.

Government’s Offer and Farmer’s Rejection

In the fourth round of talks, a panel of three Union ministers proposed the purchase of pulses, maize, and cotton crops at MSP for five years. However, the protesting farmers, rejecting the government’s offer, deemed it an attempt to “divert and dilute” their demand for MSP. The farmers insist on adhering to the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission report.

Farmers Protest – Call for Legislative Action

The primary demand of the farmers revolves around the enactment of a law declaring all crops eligible for minimum support prices. The government contends that implementing MSP on all crops would strain the national exchequer.

Escalation of Tensions and Unmet Demands

Recent clashes, including the use of teargas shells on farmers in Haryana, have intensified tensions. Pandher stressed the peaceful intent of the farmers, asserting that they sought a location for their protest at Jantar Mantar, which went unheard by the government.

Farmers Protest – Compelled Action in Absence of Dialogue

Expressing the farmers’ stance, Pandher mentioned, “We only want to get our demands met, but if the government does not listen, then we are compelled.” He highlighted the potential consequences if the government resorts to oppression, leaving the citizens to question the legitimacy of those in power.

Diverse Set of Demands

Apart from the MSP issue, the protesters are demanding pension for farmers, debt waiver, and the reinstatement of the 2013 Land Acquisition Act, among other grievances. As the stalemate continues, the nation watches closely to see how the government and the farmers navigate through this challenging impasse.

First published on: Feb 20, 2024 08:45 AM IST

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