Won’t seem earlier than SC-appointed panel; protest is for indefinite time: Farmer unions

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 12

Stating that they will not appear before the Supreme Court-appointed committee, farmers’ unions have claimed that members of the said panel are pro-government.

“Members of SC panel are not dependable as they have been writing on how agriculture laws are pro-farmer,” Farmer unions added.

Supreme Court can repeal the farm laws suo motu, they told a press conference.

“We never demanded from SC to form a committee, the government is behind all this,” said farmer leader Balbeer Singh Rajewal on the panel formed by court.

“Our protest will continue and it is for indefinite time.” The tractor march in Delhi on January 26 will be peaceful, they added.

“We will go in meeting with the Centre on January 15,” the unions said.

Earlier, farmer leaders welcomed the Supreme Court’s order to stay the implementation of three farm laws on Tuesday, but said they would not call off their protest until the legislations are repealed.

The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of around 40 protesting farmer unions, has called a meeting later in the day to decide the next course of action.

The farmer leaders said they are not willing to participate in any proceedings before a committee appointed by the Supreme Court, but a formal decision on this will be taken by the Morcha.

“We welcome the court’s order to stay the implementation of the farm laws, but we want a complete repeal of these laws,” Abhimanyu Kohar, a senior leader of the Morcha, told PTI.

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Another farmer leader, Harinder Lokhwal, said the protest would continue until the contentious farm laws are repealed.

The Supreme Court stayed the implementation of the controversial farm laws till further orders on Tuesday and decided to set up a committee to resolve the impasse between the Centre and the farmers’ unions protesting at Delhi’s borders over the legislations.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said it would pass an order to this effect.

The committee will look into the farmers’ grievances against the three laws.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Haryana and Punjab, have been protesting at several border points of Delhi since November 28 last year, demanding a repeal of the three laws and a legal guarantee on the minimum support price for their crops.

In a statement, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee noted that the court was not inclined to pass any orders on the ongoing protests with regard to vacating farmers from the Delhi borders and welcomed the same.

Suspending the implementation of the laws as an interim measure is welcome but is not a solution and the farmer unions have not been asking for this solution, given the fact that the implementation can be reinstated at any time. The government must withdraw. It must understand that farmers and people of India are opposed to the laws, it said in a statement.

Farmer unions reiterate the fact that they will not participate in any court-ordered committee process further, one of their apprehensions about such a process got validated in the very constitution of the committee. It is clear that the court is being misguided by various forces even in its constitution of a committee. These are people who are known for their support to the three Acts and have actively advocated for the same. — With PTI inputs 

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