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Farmer leaders reject proposal to amend agricultural law

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After meeting with the Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the farmer leaders have rejected the proposal for amendment in the agricultural law. Farmer leaders are saying that they will not be ready if the Modi government sends a proposal for amendment.

All India Kisan Sabha general secretary Hanan Mulla said on the meeting with Amit Shah, “The government has asked us to send something in writing. We told them that if they give something in writing, we will consider it.

Today we have a meeting at 12 o’clock in the day. We will discuss the government’s proposal. If there is talk of amending the written assurance then our stance is clear. We will not accept without repealing the law. If there is something positive in the government’s letter, we will be ready for the next meeting.

However Joginder Singh Ugrahan, president of Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan), now Sukhwinder Singh Sabhera of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti has said that nothing was gained from Tuesday’s meeting.

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He told news agency ANI, “The government is in a panic at the moment. The meeting convened on Tuesday evening was in vain. If we had to send the proposal, we would send it on 6 or 7 December. If it comes to amendment of the proposal then it will not be talked about.

However Home Minister Amit Shah told a group of farmer unions on Tuesday late evening that the government could not withdraw three new agricultural laws. The Central Government said this to the farmers on the day when the farmers’ organizations organized Bharat Bandh to pressurize the government.

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After the meeting with the Home Minister, All India Kisan Sabha leader Hanan Mulla said that Amit Shah will give written assurance to amend the agricultural laws on Wednesday morning. Mulla said that on Wednesday afternoon, agitating farmers will discuss the government’s proposal on the Singhu border.

He said that farmers do not want amendment but want all these three laws to be repealed. However some farmer leaders want that this should be discussed before rejecting the government’s proposal. On Tuesday, 25 political parties supported the Bharat Bandh of the farmers. These included trade unions, retail and transport associations and several professional bodies.