“The propaganda that the federal government is doing that fifty% of the issues have been resolved is mistaken. Proper now, solely the tail has handed, the elephant nonetheless stays. The federal government has not even expressed an in-principle settlement on the problem of the minimal help value,” mentioned Swaraj India’s Yogendra Yadav on the unions’ press convention.
The unions demanded that the federal government should first ship them “in writing” to what they’d agreed to within the final assembly, together with scrapping the draft electrical energy invoice and excluding farmers from the air air pollution ordinance. Unions additionally warned that the federal government mustn’t deal with them just like the Shaheen Bagh protesters. Yadav mentioned the unions will maintain a press convention on Saturday on the Press Membership and make a “large announcement” on their future course.
A senior authorities official expressed shock on the hardening of farmers’ tone forward of the subsequent assembly on Monday and identified that Yadav was not a part of the 41 leaders invited to the assembly on December 30.
“Even senior farmer leaders after the assembly spoke of a close to 50% success and we determined to talk on the 2 essential points across the three legal guidelines and MSP on the subsequent assembly on January 4. Talks had earlier derailed in comparable vogue after an excellent assembly on December 3,” the senior official informed ET. Yadav mentioned farmers will take out a tractor rally on KMP expressway on January 6 and threatened that farmers will march past police barricades at Shahjanpur border in the direction of Delhi. He additionally introduced a two-week farmer consciousness marketing campaign from January 7.
The message from the unions is being amplified by their IT wing Kisan Ekta Morcha. The social media channels of the Morcha are buzzing with updates on the Singhu border, with the IT wing growing its digital footprint in two weeks with over 12 lakh followers on YouTube, 3.2 lakh on Fb, 1.76 lakh on Instagram and 1.2 lakh on Twitter, with an intention to chop via conventional media channels to get the proper message throughout to the individuals and defeat “any authorities propaganda”, farmer chief Darshan Pal informed ET.
When the central ministers and farmers’ unions had a lunch break throughout their 5-hour assembly on December 30 at Vigyan Bhavan, the IT cell determined to do a FB Reside with farmers’ leaders on the progress of talks.