Hold Talks With PM To Get Farm Laws Repealed: Akali Dal, Congress To Farmers

Former Union Minister and Akali Dal's Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal said they shouldn't fall into the "trap" of extended meetings, "which yield nothing".

Hold Talks With PM To Get Farm Laws Repealed: Akali Dal, Congress To Farmers

Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the Centre's farm laws at the Delhi borders

Chandigarh:

The Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress today urged farmers protesting against the Centre's farm laws to talk directly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying otherwise the dialogue will not yield any result.

Commenting on farmer leaders' meeting with the Centre over the laws today, former Union Minister and Akali Dal's Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal said they shouldn't fall into the "trap" of extended meetings, "which yield nothing".

Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar too favoured direct talks with the PM, saying the involvement of the prime minister or Union Home Minister is a must for a successful dialogue.

"After Amit Shah's intervention failing to resolve the issue, next level of talks should have been with PM. Strangely these have been downgraded to previous levels. For talks to be successful, involvement PM or HM is a must. Otherwise it's a futile exercise," Mr Jakhar tweeted.

"Our farmers are on the cusp of victory. I appeal to them to hold direct talks with the PM to get these farm laws repealed," Ms Badal said in a tweet. "They shouldn't fall into trap of extended meetings which yield nothing," the Bathinda MP added.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, whose party had quit the BJP-led NDA due to differences over the issue earlier this year, said had the Centre listened to her warnings about the repercussions of the laws, things would not have come to such an impasse.

People's will is supreme in a democracy, she said in another tweet tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Twitter handle.

She urged the PM not to prolong the suffering of thousands of farmers sitting at the Delhi borders against the laws.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the Centre's farm laws for over a month now.

Enacted in September, the three farm laws have been projected by the Union government as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.

However, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws will pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of the minimum support price (MSP) and do away with the mandi system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

The government has repeatedly asserted that the MSP and mandi systems will stay and has accused the Opposition of misleading the farmers.

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