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Back-channel talks always on, Amarinder's help would be welcomed: Farmers

Back-channel talks always on, Amarinders help would be welcomed: Farmers

Ludhiana: The protesting farmer unions said on Wednesday that the back-channel talks with the union government were always on, while they will thank Amarinder Singh, former Punjab chief minister if he mediates and get their issues sorted, The Indian Express (TIE) reported.

The farmer's union reaction appeared a day after Amarinder Singh announced that he would launch a party of his own ahead of 2022 assembly polls and if farmers' issues are resolved, he said, he will ally with BJP.

But farmers reacted that his decision was a fight to save his political existence. Though, they said they would thank him if he mediated with the government for them and solved the issues. They said that Amarinder was in talks with the union since the beginning, and he is well aware of farmers' problems and demands. According to sources' claims, Amarinder had met a few leaders of the protesting front twice after he resigned as CM.

A farm union leader told TIE that officials from the Home Minister's and Agriculture Minister's office were in contact with them but never reached an understanding. He added that otherwise, protests would have been ended long ago.

However, Agriculture Ministry sources denied any back-channel negotiations. They reiterated that the government had offered a proposal in January, which the protesters had not accepted.

But a farm union leader said that they would not accept anything but repeal of the three laws. He added that protesting farmers needed a permanent solution rather than a temporary one.

The last round of talks between farmers and the government on January 22nd had failed to break the stalemate. The government offered to suspend the problematic laws for 12 to 18 months, but farmers refused and demanded a total repeal of the laws.

TIE reports that in villages of Punjab, protests are common against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but protesters there often say that they have no personal enmity with the PM. One of the protesters in the Samrala area of Ludhiana told TIE that if PM accepts their demands, they will more than welcome him.

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