Farmers Start Relay Hunger Strike; Centre Says Choose Next Date For Talks

Farmers Start Relay Hunger Strike; Centre Says Choose Next Date For Talks

Newsdesk |
December 21, 2020

An indefinite relay hunger strike starts today against the government's new agricultural laws as farmers harden stand amid protests that began late November around Delhi borders. After five rounds of negotiations failed, the government on Sunday asked the protesting farmers to choose a date for the next round of talks. The relay hunger strike is the third major national event staged by the farmers after a countrywide shutdown earlier this month, which was backed by opposition parties and trade unions, and last week's hunger strike by farmer leaders. The stir has been intensifying amid repeated assurances from the government on the minimum support price or MSP; farmers say they want the laws repealed.

New Delhi, 21 December 2020

In a letter to 40 farmer leaders, the government on Sunday said it's making all efforts with "an open heart" to find an appropriate solution to resolve all the concerns raised by farmers. Union Agriculture Ministry Joint Secretary Vivek Aggarwal urged the representatives to provide details of their remaining concerns. On Sunday, the protesters gave a call to intensify the stir as numbers swell at Delhi's borders. Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav, who is one of the leaders of the protest, told reporters: "We will hold an indefinite relay hunger strike here, in which 11 people will take it in turns to fast for 24 hours each."

Source -NDTV


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