Talks with PM alone, say cautious farmers

Chandigarh, October 8

Punjab farmers will hold talks with the PM and none else, said Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan) president Joginder Singh Ugrahan today.

He said the farmers wanted the government to legalise MSP and the assurance that the mandi system would stay. “The new farm laws will make mandis non-viable in a few years with farmers getting better prices outside the mandis. That will see the demise of the agrarian economy built on trust,” he argued.

The BKU (Dakaunda) general secretary, Jagmohan Singh Patiala, said they were determined to take their struggle to its logical end. “If we give up now, we will be jeopardising the future of the farming community,” he said. — TNS

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