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Business News/ News / India/  Delhi Chalo march: Govt invites farmer leaders for fifth round of discussion on MSP
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Delhi Chalo march: Govt invites farmer leaders for fifth round of discussion on MSP

Union Minister Arjun Munda invites farmer leaders for discussion on all issues including MSP demand, crop diversification, stubble burning, and FIRs after the fourth round of talks.

Demonstrators during a protest by farmers near the Haryana-Punjab state border in Rajpura, Punjab, on Wednesday, February 21. (Bloomberg)Premium
Demonstrators during a protest by farmers near the Haryana-Punjab state border in Rajpura, Punjab, on Wednesday, February 21. (Bloomberg)

Farmers Delhi Chalo Protest News: Union Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda on Wednesday, February 21 announced that the Government of India is ready to discuss all issues including Minimum Support Price (MSP) demand and stubble burning in the fifth round.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Arjun Munda wrote, "After the fourth round, the government is ready to discuss all the issues like MSP demand, crop diversification, stubble issue, FIR in the fifth round."

“I again invite the farmer leaders for discussion. It is important for us to maintain peace," he added.

After the fourth round of talks with the Centre, the farmer leaders resumed the 'Delhi Chalo' march on Wednesday morning. The non-political Samyukta Kisan Morcha and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha have given a "Delhi Chalo" call, urging the BJP-led Centre to accede to their demands.

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Commencing their march to the national capital on Tuesday, farmers from Punjab faced hindrance from security personnel at the Shambhu and Khanauri border points, situated between Punjab and Haryana.

Punjab Kisan Mazdoor General Secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher on Wednesday reiterated the demand for a legal guarantee of minimum support price and assured a 'peaceful' approach going ahead.

The farmer leader emphasised that all farmers would not proceed together in the 'Dilli Chalo' march; instead, only the protest leaders would march towards the national capital.

"We have decided that no farmer, youth will march forward. Leaders will march ahead. We will not attack our Jawans. We will go peacefully. All this can be ended if they (central govt) make a law on MSP," Pandher said while speaking to ANI.

He conveyed a plea to the nation's youth to carry forward the cause peacefully, even if the farm leaders 'die' while protesting. "Even if we die today, we urge the youth of the country to take this ahead peacefully," he said. 

Farmer leaders had rejected the government’s proposal to buy pulses, maize, and cotton crops at guaranteed prices for five years, and announced that they would continue with their ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation.

They said the proposal was not in their interest, adding that a legal MSP guarantee for all 23 crops, not just pulses, maize, and cotton was needed.

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Published: 21 Feb 2024, 11:57 AM IST
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