Indian Farmers Union leader Rakesh Tikait said on Thursday that the protesters would join the scheduled ninth round of talks with the farmers union government and it is necessary to continue the dialogue and end the agitation to resolve the deadlock.
The last eight rounds of talks have failed to end several weeks of protests at various borders of the national capital, but Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said earlier in the day that the government looked forward to a positive discussion at Friday’s scheduled meeting is.
Tikait also said that the protesting unions will attend a meeting with union ministers on Friday.
Asked if the unions had any hope from Friday’s meeting, Tikait told PTI: “Let’s see what happens tomorrow. But, our meetings will continue with the government until our protest is over” . “
“We will not oppose meetings with the government,” the BKU leader said when the talks could be final on Friday if there is no solution.
Tomar had said, “The government is ready to negotiate with the farmer leaders with an open mind.”
Eliminating confusion over the fate of the ninth round of talks, which was the only result in the final meeting on 8 January, the proposed committee appointed a four-member panel to resolve the deadlock and a key member in the wake of the Supreme Court on 11 January. Denying himself, the union leader said that talks between the government and union representatives would take place on January 15 at 12 noon.
Farmer unions say they were ready to participate in scheduled negotiations with the government, even stating that they do not want to appear before a court-appointed panel and have also questioned its structure.
Earlier in the day, Bharatiya Kisan Union President Bhupinder Singh Mann said he was removing himself from the four-member committee.
Farmer unions and opposition parties called it a “pro-government” panel, stating that its members have been in favor of the three laws in the past.
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