A five-member group of farmer leaders will meet at 10.30 am in Delhi to talk about the proposition sent by the middle of the previous evening – one which, whenever acknowledged, could end over 15 months of (sometimes violent) protests against the controversial farm laws and demanding a legal guarantee for MSP.
The centre scrapped the farm laws last month – in a stunning U-turn after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union ministers had staunchly and repeatedly defended the controversial laws. The farmers welcomed the decision but indicated they would not stand down till the MSP issue was resolved.
After the 10.30 am meeting, the five farmer’s leaders will go to Singhu on Delhi’s borders – where thousands of farmers have been camped for close to a year – for a 2 pm meeting with the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the umbrella body of farmer unions that is leading the protest.
The farmer leaders say they have been in touch with central government officials via phone.
In a significant development yesterday, sources said the middle had indicated its willingness to offer a written assurance on almost all of the farmers’ demands, including a committee on MSP and the dropping of all cases – those filed during the protests and those related to stubble burning.
It was gotten that while the farmers were generally content with the middle’s deal, there was one sticking point – the centre wants the farmers to stand down before police cases are dropped.
A conversation was held yesterday however farmer leaders couldn’t choose how to push ahead.
Last week the farmers said Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to them (via a phone call) to discuss outstanding issues; this was after their protests forced the recall of the farm laws.