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Farmers divided as Central and Punjab Governments invite them for talks

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As both the Central and Punjab Governments invited the protesting farmers against the new farm laws for talks, the unity of the Farmers organizations seems to be falling apart.

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The largest Farmers union, i.e, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) is in no mood become soft on the new farm laws proposed by the Centre and remain firm in their stand that the laws should be canceled. But the other union of farmers is yet to decide whether they want to go to the meeting with the Centre, which is scheduled for October 14.

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Farmers’ Unions Meeting on Tuesday

On Tuesday, a meeting of the farmers union has been assembled to decide the next actions regarding the matter. Although, Ekta Ugrahan says it is not part of this meeting.

Joginder Singh Ugrahan, president of the largest Kisan union, informed that their protests were On at 51 places and would continue till the laws are taken back. He said, “Our union is not going in the meeting. We have our protest structured out.”

BKU (Lakhowal) asked to stay out of protests

Last week, a Kisan union, BKU (Lakhowal) had been asked to stay out from the protests as they approached the supreme court against the farm laws, without talking with the other Kisan unions.

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A guarantee is needed to find a middle path

The association of farmers union, other than Ekta Ugrahan and Lakhowal, have been taking legal advice in the matter if a constitutional guarantee for Minimum Support Price (MSP) will act as a protection against the corporatization, which the passed farm law intended, confirmed by Jagmohan Singh, general secretary of BKU (Dakaunda).

He further said that a middle path has to be found, but only when there is a compete guarantee on the protesting for the economic and the other interests of farmers.

The Centre sends a proposal for the talks

The Agriculture Secretary of the central government, Sanjay Aggarwal, had invited the protesting farmers for the talks, last week. The proposal was rejected by the farmers union. Now, According to the fresh proposal for the talks sent by the central government on Sunday said, “The Indian Government is serious about agriculture, this is the reason they want to talk to you..”

Punjab government proposal to the Farmers

Also, the Punjab government has sought a meeting with the protesting farmers on Sunday. A three-member committee of the state government wanted to talk about the further course of action with the farmers in protest, who have so far have not given any consent to the meeting.

Jagmohan Singh said that they might meet the Punjab delegation of the ministers after they decide their next actions in the meeting on Tuesday.

However, BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) president Joginder Singh said they have not been invited to the talks

 

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