Delhi: Farmer leaders remained headstrong as eighth round of talks ended in a stalemate; Next meeting may happen on January 15.

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Delhi: The eighth round of dialogue between the Union Government and the protesting farmers ended in a stalemate on Friday. While farmer leaders remained stubborn on their demand of total repealing of the three farm laws, the Union Government was ready to consider any amendments in the laws, but no repealing.

A 41-member delegation of the farmer representatives remained headstrong on their demand and said “Ghar Wapsi only after “Law Wapsi.”¬† The Union Government, however, ruled out any chances of complete rollback. The Government said a large chunk of farming community across the nation is in support of the new laws and requested the delegation to reconsider their demand in the larger interest of the farming community. ¬†Farmer representatives said Central Government shouldn’t interfere in agriculture as it is the subject matter of the State according to many orders of the Supreme Court.

A disappointed Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told the media persons after the meeting that they couldn’t reach a decision since Unions didn’t give any alternatives to their demand of rollback of laws. The Government, however, was still hopeful the Union Leaders will change their stance in next round, discarding any chance of a complete repeal of the laws.

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