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Unwilling to be part of any committee: Farmers’ organisations

NEW DELHI: Farmers’ organisations said on Monday night that they were unwilling to participate in any proceedings before a committee that might be appointed by the Supreme Court, citing the “attitude and approach of the government” before SC.

“All farmers’ organisations spearheading the fight against the farm laws are unanimous in their decision that laws must be repealed forthwith,” the Samyukta Kisan Morcha said in a statement. It said that while the unions welcomed the SC suggestions to stay the implementation of the laws and had great respect for the court’s understanding of the problem and comforting words expressed during the hearing, the unions unanimously agreed to not go before any committee. The Morcha said that its struggle was for the welfare of millions of farmers and in the “larger public interest” while the government was “falsely propagating” that the agitation was limited to Punjab.

Earlier in the day, a senior farmer leader had said that they would continue with their agitation till the farm laws were repealed and even if an expert committee was set up by SC. “It is good that SC has indicated a stay on the farm laws. But we feel that setting up an expert committee after that to look into the farm laws will only delay the matter as they will not discuss repealing the laws. The government is playing games and we do not trust it. We will continue to sit on our peaceful agitation till the three farm laws are repealed and the government introduces a law on minimum support price,” the leader said. He said the government should have stayed the laws when SC suggested the same last month but the government was stuck on ego.

Another union leader said farmers would go ahead with a tractor march in Delhi on Republic Day and a route map was being drawn up for the same. “We are ready to give an assurance to court and police authorities that the March will be peaceful,” the second leader said. Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said: “Over 75 farmers have died during the protests but the government has not expressed any sorrow.

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