New Delhi, Jan 20, 2021: The tenth round of talks between protesting farmer unions and three central ministers got underway in New Delhi on Wednesday to break the deadlock on the three new agri laws, even as farmer leaders refused to call off the tractor rally proposed to be held on Republic Day.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court expressed its displeasure at the aspersions that were cast on the court-appointed committee on farm laws and sent a notice to the Centre to reconstitute the panel.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railways, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, who is an MP from Punjab, are holding the talks with the representatives of around 40 farmer unions at the Vigyan Bhawan here.
The tenth round of talks was initially scheduled on January 19, but later got postponed to Wednesday.
Centre withdraws plea in SC against farmers’ tractor rally on Jan 26
The Centre Wednesday withdrew its plea seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor rally on January 26 by farmers protesting against the new farms laws after the Supreme Court said ’it is a police matter’.
The police has the ’authority’ to deal with the issue pertaining to the proposed tractor march in Delhi on the Republic Day, said a bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.
’We have told you that we will not issue any direction. It is a police matter. We will allow you to withdraw. You are the authority and you have to deal with it. You have the powers to pass orders, you do it. It is not for the court to pass orders..,’ the bench said in the hearing conducted via video conferencing.
After the observation of the apex court, the Centre withdrew the plea filed through Delhi Police seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor or trolley march or any other kind of protest which seeks to disrupt the gathering and celebrations of the Republic Day.