Free protesters earlier than talks: Unions

Mukesh Tandon

Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 31

The farmers’ unions on Sunday said they were ready for talks with the Centre, but asked the government to release their men to prepare a conducive environment.

They also demanded restoration of Internet and power and water supply at the protest sites.

Blaming the Centre for the Red Fort incident, union leaders alleged that the BJP’s divisive face had come to the fore. The farmers’ spirit had defeated the conspiracy and the movement would be intensified at the national level, they said.

Union leader Buta Singh Burjgill said all incidents related to the tractor parade were reviewed at a meeting of the 32 farmers’ unions today. Initially, the movement suffered a setback, but the tide turned against the government in the last two days, he said.

“We have identified around 163 people arrested by the police, but over 100 were still missing since January 26. We have not received satisfactory response from the government or the police,” he said.

All-party meet in punjab

Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh has called an all-party meeting on Tuesday to evolve a consensus on the way forward on the issue of the controversial farm laws. TNS

Tomar counters Pawar

After NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s accusations that the new farm laws will demolish the mandis and MSP system, Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar on Sunday issued a detailed fact sheet to dispel “incorrect information” on the laws.

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