No breakthrough as seventh round of meeting between protesting farmer leaders and government concludes, next round of talks on January 8

The seventh round of meeting between protesting farmer leaders and the government was held at Vigyan Bhawan on Monday. However, the meeting remained inconclusive.

The government remained firm on not repealing the contentious laws and wanted to discuss it pointwise, whereas protesting farmer leaders also stuck to their demand for the rollback of the laws.

Yudhvir Singh of Bhartiya Kisan Union told the reporters that Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar wanted them to discuss the law point-wise, which they rejected and said that there is no point in discussing because they want a complete rollback of the laws. Whereas, the govt wanted to take them towards amendments which they will not accept.

Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha said that they want the repeal of the laws and don’t want a discussion on any other topic. Protests will not be withdrawn until the laws are repealed.

Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union said that they will not go home until the laws are withdrawn.

Meanwhile, Narendra Singh Tomar told reporters that they wanted farmer unions to have a discussion on the three laws clause-wise. But they could not reach any solution as protesting farmer leaders remained adamant on the repeal of the laws.

Tomar further said that after today’s discussion, he hopes that they will have a meaningful discussion during the next round of talks on January 8 and will come to a conclusion.