Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 4
Ahead of talks with the government on Monday, farmer leaders have made clear their intentions.
According to BKU leader Rakesh Tikait, “Sixty farmers have been martyred and there can be no going back on the demands now.”
“The agenda will be the Swaminathan Commitee report, the repeal of the three farm laws and a law for MSP. We will not go back. Till date 60 farmers have been martyred. The government will have to reply,” he said ahead of the meeting at 2 pm on Monday.
It is not just the three laws and MSP that the farmers are contesting; they have also junked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim of implementing recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission on the MSP for crops, saying farmers are committing suicide as they are not getting the remunerative price for their produce.
With both sides firm on their stances, Monday’s meeting is expected to be a make-or-break one. Ahead of talks Punjab’s farm unions said they would burn copies of the three contentious farm laws on Lohri (January 13) and celebrate January 23—Netaji Subhas Chander Bose’s birth anniversary—as ‘Azad Kisan Diwas’. In other words, they believe they will be celebrating Lohri at the Delhi borders.