No change in demands, farmers ready to talk if govt invites: Rakesh Tikait

Farmers protesting the Narendra Modi government’s new farm laws are ready to talk if the Centre invites them, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said on Sunday, maintaining that the talk would resume where it had ended on January 22 and the demands remain unchanged.

“The talks with the government would resume from the same point where it had ended on January 22. The demands are also the same — all three ‘black’ farm laws should be repealed, a new law made to ensure MSP (minimum support price) for crops,” Tikait said in an official note released by BKU.

The protestors and the government last had a formal dialogue over the contentious issue on January 22 but the impasse continued.

Delhiā€™s Singhu and Tikri borders continue to be blocked today due to farmers who are demanding the withdrawal of the three contentious farm laws for last four months.

On Saturday, amid a spike in Covid-19 cases, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to the farmers protesting at Delhi borders to call off their long-running agitation, saying the government is ready for a discussion whenever they come with a concrete proposal.