Farmers end 15-month protest, to vacate protest sites at Delhi border

Prime News, National, Farmers, Finance, Protest, New Delhi, December 9:- Farmers who have been protesting for over 15 months against the (now scrapped) farm laws and other issues including a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) have announced that they will end their protest on Saturday (December 11), and return to their homes.

The farmers’ unions have planned a Fateh Ardas (victory prayer) at 5:30 pm today (December 9), and a Fateh March (victory march) at Singhu and Tikri protest sites on Delhi’s borders on December 11 around 9 am, sources said, and added that Punjab farm leaders plan to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on December 13. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), will hold another meeting in Delhi on December 15.

The Centre had on Wednesday (December 8) sent a written draft proposal to the SKM’s five-member committee following a November 21 letter from the SKM to PM Modi listing six demands. Farmers had pointed out that repeal of the contentious laws was only one of the several concerns they had raised, and refused to leave after PM Modi announced the cancelling of the laws and requested them to go back.

Last week, farmers said Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to them (via a phone call) to discuss outstanding issues; this was after their protests forced the recall of the farm laws.

The protesting farmers have been suspicious of the government’s intent and had asserted that they would leave after all cases registered against them during the protests, and also those relating to stubble burning were cancelled. Referring to the 2016 Jat agitation for reservation, they said that the government has failed to withdraw legal cases even after assurances. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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