Ahead of the next round of talks between the government and the farmers, the Bhartiya Kisan Union’s national president Bhupinder Singh Mann decided to quit from the four member committee set up by the Supreme Court, to look into the Centre’s farm laws, saying he did not wish to compromise farmers’ interests.
The protesting farmers are seeing Mann’s decision to quit SC’s expert Committee are seeing as a small victory as it has discredited the committee formed by the Supreme Court. Besides Mann, the committee included Dr Parmod Kumar Joshi, an agricultural economist who is also the Director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute, Ashok Gulati, agricultural economist and former chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices and Anil Ghanwat, the chief of Shetkari Sanghatana, who have expressed views in favour of the farm laws by writing article.
Mann is one of the few farm union leaders to have come out in support of the Centre’s new farm laws. He was part of a group of farmers that met Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar in December.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court stayed the implementation of farm laws till further orders and constituted a four-member committee to resolve the impasse over them between the Centre and farmers’ unions protesting at Delhi borders.
Farmers’ protest against Centre’ farm laws at three Delhi borders entered on its 50th day on Thursday amid biting cold and dense fog. The protesting farmers have decided to march towards the Governor Houses in different states on January 23 and also organised a tractor parade on January 26 against the Centre’s three farm laws. On tractor parade, the Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Balbir Singh Rajewal appealed protesting farmers to hold peaceful rally on January 26.
The eighth round of talks between the protesting farmers and the Centre ended inconclusively with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar making it clear that the Central government will not repeal the laws and the farmers reiterating that they will settle for nothing less.