A day after talks with the centre led to a stalemate, the protesting farmers have announced that they’re going to intensify their agitation against the three contentious agriculture laws for subsequent fortnight . Swaraj India’s Yogendra Yadav, who has been backing the protesters, said on Tuesday that a tractor march are going to be organised at four Delhi borders on January 7 to press for his or her demands — repealing the laws and giving legal guarantee for the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system. The leader called the march a “trailer” before the huge Republic Day agitation.

“We have decided that on January 7, we’ll remove a tractor march at four borders of Delhi including Eastern and Western peripheral. this may be a trailer for what lies ahead on January 26,” Mr Yadav said at a news conference at the Singhu border, the epicentre of the protests.

“From tomorrow, for two weeks, ‘Desh Jagran Abhiyan’ are going to be started and protests are going to be intensified throughout the country,” he added.

Last week, farmers had warned that they might intensify their protests if their demands weren’t met within the January 4 meeting. that they had also announced a tractor rally and nationwide protests on January 26.

“On January 26, we’ll hold a huge rally in Delhi with tricolours on tractors. We provides a involve countrywide protests in the least headquarters (of the unions),” the protesting farmers had said.

At the seventh round of the centre-farmer meeting yesterday, no breakthrough was made as each side remained unmoved over their stance on the laws. Sources said the govt proposed to debate the farmers’ demand for a legal guarantee for MSP, but the farmers’ union leaders insisted on discussing the repeal of farm laws.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar “clearly said that the laws won’t be repealed. He even told us to approach the Supreme Court for repeal of the laws,” said Sarwan Singh Pandher of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, who attended the meeting.

The two sides have agreed to satisfy again on January 8.


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