FRI 30 Jul, 2021

PM Modi to meet farmers from Punjab during visit to Kutch; over 60,000 protesters at Haryana borders

Even as protests against three farm laws continue on Delhi borders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today interact with farmers in Kutch, including those from Punjab, during his visit to the border district. While the farmers — who have been protesting for 20 days now — want the three legislations to be scrapped, the government said that it is willing to continue talks but won’t take back the laws.

“A repeal is not possible, and a 0-1 binary will not work. The government has given an amendment option. It is also willing to change the wordings of the three laws based on farmer concerns,” said a top government source who is in the know of developments in Krishi Bhawan. “The door for talks is always open.” The previous five rounds of talks have remained inconclusive. The last scheduled round, on December 9, was cancelled after a meeting between Shah and representatives of farm unions.

Meanwhile, with the number of protesters at Delhi’s borders growing by the day, senior officers in Haryana Police said the borders can’t take more people as “the situation is increasingly turning unsustainable”. Haryana Police said more than 60,000 protesters are camping at the borders while the farmer leaders said the figure is higher. Apart from far-flung areas of Punjab, farmers have been arriving from Haryana, MP, UP and other parts of the country to join the protest.

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