Will Government Repeal Property Laws: Farmers Harden Attitude

Peasant union leaders held a press conference at Singhu border today

New Delhi:
Twenty peasants have died since the protest began outside Delhi and the government responsible for it will have to pay, peasant leaders said today from the Singhu border. December 20 was declared a day of mourning and “a tribute to the martyrs in every village,” a peasant chief said. Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke again to support the farm laws that are the core of the monthly unrest and accused the opposition of “inciting” and “deceiving” the farmers. The peasants hardened their stance, saying they would “make” the government repeal the laws.

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  1. “The government says ‘we will not repeal these laws.’ We say we will make you comply with it. The battle has reached a stage where we aim to win no matter what,” peasant leader Jagjeet Dallewal told reporters at Singhu. border today. “We are not running away from negotiation, but the government needs to heed our demands and put forward concrete proposals,” he added.

  2. “The agricultural reforms that have taken place are exactly what peasant bodies and even opposition parties have called for over the years,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today, reiterating the government’s claim that the opposition is now “inciting” and “deceiving” the peasants. .

  3. “A sense of fear is instilled in their (farmers’) minds. Farmers are being told that their lands will be captured by others if the new farming laws are implemented,” Prime Minister Modi said. “I am confident that progressive peasants will defeat those who make politics by spreading falsehood and using the shoulders of peasants to launch their guns,” he added.

  4. Union faction Bhartiya Kisan (Kisan Gut) met today Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar and later said it would cease its unrest for a month. “We have asked a minister for a new law to be enacted on the Minimum Support Price,” group leader Pawan Thakkar told NDTV. The group has an influence on cadres in 10 to 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

  5. The peasant leaders at Singhu border have ignited a growing trend of groups of small farmers pulling out of the unrest after talks with the agriculture minister. “Ours is a historical agitation and we have unity leadership. We have so much support from people that they have not been able to break our unity,” said a peasant leader.

  6. A peasant leader from Maharashtra, Rishipal, claimed that one farmer had died daily on average since the protest began in the last week of November. “A Tribute Day (Shraddhanjali Diwas) for all peasants who lost their lives and became martyrs in the ongoing protest will be organized across the country in villages and tehsil headquarters on December 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” he said.

  7. Five rounds of meetings took place between the Protestant peasants and agriculture minister Narendra Tomar. Home Secretary Amit Shah also met with the peasants once, but the stalemate continued, and both sides are sticking to their stance.

  8. Arrangements are also being made for protesters, said peasant leader Jagjeet Dallewal. Over the next three to four days, they will come in droves and join the protest against the new farm laws, he added.

  9. Shiromani Akali Dal, chief Sukhbir Badal, called the central government the “true tukde tukde gang” and accused it of setting up Hindus against Sikhs in Punjab to control the peasants ’protest. “Today it is against peasants. No one knows what BJP could say even about soldiers tomorrow if it suits them. The peasants are hurt and angry against the BJP,” he claimed.

  10. Tens of thousands of farmers are protesting at Delhi’s borders to protest the farm laws, which they say will reduce their incomes by removing the minimum prices set by the government and leaving them under the power of companies. The government says the laws are major reforms in the farm sector that will help farmers eliminate middlemen and allow them to sell produce anywhere in the country.