Sonia Gandhi to meet Opposition leaders over farmers’ protests

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi began talking to Opposition leaders and is planning to convene a meeting to formulate a joint Opposition strategy on the farmers’ ongoing agitation against Narendra Modi government.

According to an India Today report, a senior party leader said that Congress Party will soon hold a formal or informal meeting with leaders of like-minded parties and discuss a joint strategy on farmer’s issues.

“Congress party think tank feels that a well thought out strategy ahead of the session will work well for the Opposition and hence the meeting will take place soon,” he said.

Sonia’s initiative came on a day NCP chief Sharad Pawar met Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja.

The Left leaders said they discussed the issue of farmer protests with veteran leader Pavar.

“We respect the Supreme Court and its concern… but ultimately repeal of the laws and the discretion to repeal the laws…lies at the doorsteps of the government and not the Supreme Court,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

During a hearing on the matter Monday, the Supreme Court indicated that it could even stay the implementation of the new laws to ostensibly “facilitate” a solution.

The ‘Delhi Chalo’ farmers’ protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 48th day today.

Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders.

The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system being retained.