January 22, 2021, 8:20 PM


The Central government, on Friday, held the 11th round of talks with the representatives of farmer unions on farm laws. The talk failed as no party could reach to a common ground, result of which, at the displeasure of Centre, farmers would be conducting their rally in protest against farm laws at the same time as the Republic Day parade, in Delhi.
Held at the Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi, the 11th round of talks between Centre- farmers lasted for nearly six hours, with only 40 minutes of one-to-one audience.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar, said, “There is no problem in farm laws. The centre is ready to suspend the laws for two years as a token of respect towards farmers. We have asked farmers to reconsider our proposal of halting the laws; they will revert back to us tomorrow.”
Speaking on behalf of the farmers, Rakesh Tikait of Bhartiya Kisan Union, said, “They (Union ministers) said that the next round will happen only if, we accept their proposal of halting the laws. They made us wait for hours and did not listen to our demands. We don’t ask for a temporary suspension, we want a complete withdrawal of the laws.”
As per reports, farmer unions would approach Delhi police regarding conducting the rally on 26 January, in Delhi. The date for the next round of talks was unclear. More updates to follow.

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