Centre-Farmer Talks Inconclusive Again, Next Round On Saturday

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The seven-hour meeting between the Centre and farmers today failed to end the deadlock, with farmers’ representatives saying nothing less than the scrapping of the contentious laws will satisfy them. Union agriculture minister Narendra Tomar, who led the negotiations, said the government “has no ego”. The next meeting will be held on Saturday. “We will ask the government tomorrow whether they will scrap the law and if they refuse, we may not attend the December 5 meeting,” said Jagmohan Singh, the general secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda). Farmers who warned that today’s meeting was the government’s “last chance” to repeal the contentious laws had refused to accept food, team and even water from the government.

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