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Mamata Banerjee urges the Centre to repeal farm laws on Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death anniversary

Remembering India’s former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shashtri’s famous slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ on his 55th death anniversary, West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee on Monday demanded the Central government to withdraw farm laws that have resulted in national unrest and deaths of over 50 farmers..

Paying tribute to Lal Bahadur Shastri, former prime minister on his death anniversary, she tweeted that Shashtri gave India an inspirational and revolutionary slogan Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan. In her tweet she said farmers are the heroes of the nation. She said the Centre must repeal the anti-farmer laws now.

Banerjee has been vocal about her opposition to the new farm laws, against which farmers are protesting outside Delhi for weeks. Her party, the Trinamool Congress, has also extended support to the protest.

Talks between the Centre and farmer unions on the new agriculture laws failed to make any headway even after the eighth round of talks. The Centre and the farmer leaders are scheduled to hold their next meeting on January 15.

The Supreme Court on Monday expressed disappointment over the Centre’s handling of farmers protest against farm laws. The court also expressed concern over the state of agitating farmers who have been camping on the outskirts of the capital for more than a month.

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Earlier, the Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had cancelled his address in Karnal after a group of agitating farmers vandalized the meeting venue and helipad area. Meanwhile in Delhi, farmers continue with their protests at various border points, more than a month since they began agitation against the Centre’s new farm laws.

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