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Farmer protests: Samyukt Kisan Morcha puts off decision on the fate of agitation until Wednesday

Tribune News Service
Sonepat/New Delhi, December 7

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha was putting off its decision on the fate of the agitation until Wednesday, farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said on Tuesday.

“We’ve sent a few suggestions and some objections on the government’s proposal on our pending demands,” Rajewal said. “We won’t accept the government’s condition that criminal charges against farmers will be dropped after the agitation is called off.”

Another leader said that the morcha, a joint front of over 40 farmers’ unions that have been spearheading protests against controversial agriculture laws since last year, had held a meeting at the Singhu border after they had received the central government’s proposal on its own six-point demands. The joint front would meet again at 2 pm on Wednesday to decide on whether their protests would continue, he said.

Their six-point demand had been made in a letter penned to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The SKM, which has been spearheading the agitation, formed a five-member panel on Saturday to hold talks with the government on the pending demands of the protesting farmers, including a legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP) of crops, compensation to the kin of the farmers who died during the agitation against three agriculture laws and the withdrawal of cases against the protesters.

— With PTI

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