Farmers Reject Supreme Court Committee, Allege Pro-Government Members
The farmers have been objecting versus the new farm laws near Delhi border points (File)
Hours after the Supreme Court put on hold three questionable farm laws and established a committee of professionals to manage settlements to end a big agitation, objecting farmers welcomed one half of the order and turned down the other. Farmers’ groups this night said they would not accept the committee, which they said consisted of members who had favoured the centre’s laws.
” We don’t accept this committee, all the members in this committee have actually been pro-government and these members have been validating the laws,” said Punjab farmers’ unions, declaring that they would amp up their protests throughout the nation.
” We believe the federal government is bringing this committee through the Supreme Court. The committee is just a way of divert attention,” stated Balbir Singh Rajewal of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (R) told reporters at Singhu border outside Delhi, one of the websites where farmers have actually been objecting against the farm laws for over a month.
The groups said even if the members of committee were changed, they would not participate in discussions with committee.
” It’s an excellent thing that the execution of laws has been postponed. It is a welcome choice however this was our right and we will accept absolutely nothing less than the repeal of farm laws,” they said.
On the Supreme Court’s advice on eliminating the elderly and ladies from the demonstration websites, Mr Rajewal said: “Seniors don’t want to leave the demonstration site. Nobody will leave the demonstration sites till the laws are reversed.”
The farmers stated they would go ahead with their prepared demonstration in Delhi on January 26, the day the national commemorates Republic Day, in spite of the Supreme Court’s notification. The government had expressed issue about “a humiliation to the nation” if the demonstrations interrupted the Republic Day parade.
” Our 26 th January program is going to be completely peaceful. There are some individuals spreading rumours that we are going to the Red Fort or parliament. How the march will occur will be chosen after January15 We will never tolerate violence,” stated the unions.
A joint front of practically 40 farmer organisations, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, has threatened that farmers will march into Delhi on January 26 with their tractors and secure a “farmers’ Republic Day parade” after the main parade.
The government states the laws aim to modernise a farming system vexed by waste and traffic jams in the supply chain. However farmers state the reforms are an attempt to wear down a longstanding system that guarantees them minimum assistance rate for their crops. In eight rounds of talks, the government has rejected demands to rescind the laws.
The two sides are set to reunite on Friday.
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