Only repealing of agri laws will end protest: Farmer leaders ahead of meeting

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Minutes before the fifth round of talks with Centre, the protesting farmer leaders at the Singhu border sent out a message that they will walk out of the meeting if they do not agree to scrap the farm laws.

“If they agree, we will continue with further talks or will walk out of the meeting immediately,”
Jagmohan Singh Patiala, working committee member of All India Kisan Sangrash Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) told reporters on Saturday.

Patiala also said they are not expecting this meeting to last long.

Only repealing of the new farm laws will end the stalemate, he said.

The fourth round, which was held on Thursday, failed to end the standoff, with protesting farmers sticking to their demand of scrapping the laws.

The protesting farmers, who have already blocked many key routes leading to Delhi from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, on Friday threatened to intensify their agitation and block more roads if the government did not accept their demand. They have also called for a ‘Bharat bandh’ on December 8.