Farmer leaders on Monday said they might continue their agitation albeit the govt or the Supreme Court stays the implementation of the new agri laws.

The farmer leaders, who said they were “sharing their personal opinion”, were also of the view that a stay is “not a solution” because it is merely for a hard and fast period of your time .

They were reacting after the Supreme Court indicated that it’s going to stay the implementation of the contentious farm laws and refused to grant longer to the Centre to explore the likelihood of an amicable solution saying it’s already granted the govt a “long rope”.

“We welcome the Supreme Court observation, but ending the protest isn’t an option. Any stay is merely for a hard and fast period of your time … till the difficulty is haunted by the court again,” Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union President Gurnam Singh Chaduni said.

The farmers want the laws to be repealed completely. The protest will continue albeit the govt or the Supreme Court stays their implementation, he said.

Bhog Singh Mansa, president of Indian Farmers Union (Mansa), said a stay the laws is “no big deal”.

“A stay isn’t an answer . We are here to urge these laws scrapped completely… the govt has during a way already agreed to scrap the laws when it said it’s willing to include as many amendments as farmers want,” he said.

“We appeal to the Supreme Court to terminate these laws as these aren’t valid constitutionally,” Mansa said, adding the protest will continue till the “the laws aren’t repealed or the BJP government completes its tenure”.

Punjab Kisan Union president Ruldu Singh Mansa echoed similar sentiments, saying the agitation started with the demand of scrapping the agri laws and “it will end only we win this fight”.

Darshan Pal, president of Krantikari Kisan Union, said the farmer leaders are consulting their lawyers and a proper response are going to be given after the SC pronounces its verdict.

Pulling up the Centre for its handling of the farmers’ protest, the apex court on Monday said it’s “extremely disappointed” with the way negotiations between them were going and can constitute a committee headed by a former judge of India to resolve the impasse.

“We aren’t experts on economy. You tell us whether the govt goes to place on hold farm laws or we’ll do that ,” the bench said.

“We are sorry to mention that the Centre has not been ready to solve the matter and therefore the farmers’ agitation,” it said.

The eighth round of talks between the Centre and therefore the farmer unions on January 7 headed nowhere because the Centre ruled out repealing the contentious laws while the farmer leaders said they’re able to fight till death and their “ghar waapsi will happen only after law waapsi”.

The apex court had earlier sought the Centre’s response on a batch of pleas against the three contentious farm laws—the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, and therefore the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act. PTI


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