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Farmers defer tractor march as govt set to table bill to scrap farm laws on Monday

The decision to suspend the march comes two days ahead of the commencement of the Winter Session of Parliament.

Published: 27th November 2021 04:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th November 2021 05:26 PM   |  A+A-

Farmers take out a tractor march as part of a protest against the new farm laws

Farmers take out a tractor march as part of a protest against the new farm laws. (File photo | PTI)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Samyukt Kisan Morcha has suspended its November 29 tractor march to Parliament and it will hold a meeting next month to decide its future course of action, farmer leaders said on Saturday.

The decision to suspend the march comes two days ahead of the commencement of the Winter Session of Parliament, during which a bill to repeal three central farm laws is slated to be introduced.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions protesting against the laws for the past year, also said it wants an assurance in Parliament on their demand for legislation guaranteeing farmers Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their crops.

SKM leader Darshan Pal, while addressing a press conference, said, "We are suspending the Parliament march on Monday. We had written to the prime minister for withdrawal of cases against farmers, allotment of land for building a memorial for farmers who lost their lives (during the protest), suspension of Ajay Mishra Teni' from the Union Cabinet over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, along with other issues."

The SKM also demanded that the government should initiate a dialogue with them in a respectful way.

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Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that the three farm laws would be withdrawn. Though farmer unions have welcomed the government's move, they said their protest would continue until the laws are totally and formally withdrawn and other demands, including legal guarantee of MSP, are met.

Pal further said that PM Modi should direct state governments and the railways to withdraw cases registered against farmers during the protest.

The SKM had earlier announced that 500 farmers will participate in a peaceful tractor march to Parliament every day during Winter Session starting November 29, to mark one year of the agitation against the three farm laws

Pal further said that no decision has been taken regarding lifting the ban on the boycott of political parties and their campaigning in the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab. "We will make a decision in this regard in the next meeting on December 4, as this issue was not discussed in today’s meeting," he said and added that his personal views are that political parties should refrain from campaigning as of now.

The SKM also demanded that the government should initiate a dialogue with them in a respectful way.



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