Bhubaneswar, Dec 5: The Odisha unit of Congress today extended support to the Bharat Bandh called by the farmers protesting at Singhu Border against the new farm reform laws.
Extending support to the farmers Odisha Congress Committee (OPCC) president, Niranjan Patnaik, “Our farmers are the backbone of our economy. They have called for a Bandh opposing Modi govt’s anti-farmers laws. I urge the people of Odisha to make the Bandh a grand success.”
The fifth round of parleys between the government and farmer leaders remained inconclusive on Saturday with both sides adamant on their stand over the three contentious farm laws. The next meet is scheduled on December 9 with farmers giving a ‘Bharat Bandh’ call on December 8.
Heated arguments and written placards in “Yes or No” were raised in the five-hour meeting that began at 2 p.m. at Vigyan Bhawan in Central Delhi. After multiple obstacles, the talks finally ended with no conclusion as the farmers stuck to their first and major demand to repeal the three farms laws enacted in September during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
As the government could not put up a satisfactory solution to the demands of 40 farmer union leaders, who took part in the meeting, the delegation clearly communicated that the protest will continue if the government doesn’t repeal the three laws which they said are “anti-farmer”.
(With IANS Input)