Fault lies with government as it will not agree to get rid of disputed laws: P Chidambaram

Former Finance Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said the fault lies with the government as it will not agree to get rid of the disputed laws.

His remarks came after ninth rounds of talks between Centre and farmers ended inconclusive.

He said as expected the talks failed, and it is the government which is to be blamed.

“As expected, another round of talks between the farmers and government has failed The fault lies with the government because it will not agree to get rid of the disputed laws,” Chidambaram tweeted.

“RTI responses have exposed as a lie the government’s claim that there were extensive consultations before the Farm Laws Ordinances were promulgated,” he said.

“The truth is that no one was consulted. In particular, state governments were not consulted,” the former finance minister said.

“The only way out of the impasse is for the government to admit its mistake and agree to start on a clean slate,” he added.

The ninth round of talks between the Central government and the agitating farmers ended inconclusively on Friday. During the meeting, protesting farmer unions stuck to their demand for the repeal of three contentious farm laws.

This was the first meeting between the two sides after the Supreme Court order on January 12, which stayed the implementation of the three farm laws. The Court also formed a four-member committee to find a solution to the matter. 

On Thursday, farmer leader Bhupinder Singh Mann, one of the four members of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on farm laws, had recused himself from the panel.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws on the borders of Delhi since November 26.