Amit Shah calls farmers, SKM forms panel for dialogue with govt
Union Home Minister Amit Shah called farmers' leaders to discuss the remaining issues following the success of their year-long campaign to repeal the three new agricultural laws, the growers said on Saturday, announcing a five-member panel to hold talks with the government, reports NDTV.
“Amit Shah called last night. He said the laws have been rolled back and the government is serious about finding a solution to the ongoing stir. The Home Minister wanted a committee to communicate with the government, so we finally have made that committee now,” Yudhvir Singh, a leader of one of the farmers' unions told NDTV.
“The result of the meeting between the government and the committee will be discussed on December 7, and if a compromise is found, then there is a possibility of farmers going back from borders,” he said.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Saturday formed a five-member panel for dialogue with the government on their pending demands including MSP, compensation to kin of farmers who died during the movement against the agri laws and withdrawal of cases against the protesters, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said here.
Farmer leaders Balbir Singh Rajewal, Ashok Dhawle, Shiv Kumar Kakka, Gurnam Singh Chaduni and Yudhvir Singh were named the members of the committee after a meeting was held here by the SKM.
Tikait said that the next meeting of the Morcha will take place on December 7 at 11 AM to decide the future course of the movement.
SKM leaders, after the meeting, said they will not move from the Singhu Border here until cases filed against farmers are withdrawn and demanded an assurance in writing.
They said that the committee will decide on who will hold talks in various states from the farmers' side.
Farmer leader and SKM member Ashok Dhawle said that the issues of compensation to be given for martyred farmers, "false cases" lodged against farmers and Lakhimpur Kheri incident were discussed in the meeting.
On Monday, a bill was passed in parliament to repeal the three contentious farm laws, one of the main demands of the protesting farmers.
But the stalemate continues with the protesters pressing their other demands such as a legal guarantee on MSP, compensation to families of farmers who died during the movement and withdrawal of cases.