The deadlock over the repeal of the contentious farm laws persisted today, with the Centre and the farmers unable to get on the same page in the seventh round of discussions. Sources said the government had proposed to discuss the farmers’ demand for a legal guarantee for support price of crops, but the farmers’ union leaders insisted on discussing the repeal of farm laws. The two sides have agreed to meet again on January 8. The farmers have threatened to hold a rally on Republic Day, January 26, if their demands are not met. Agriculture minister Narendra Tomar “clearly said that the laws will not be repealed, he even told us to approach the Supreme Court for repeal of the laws,” said Sarwan Singh Pandher of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, who attended the meet. “We urge the youth of Punjab to prepare for a long haul. We will take out a big procession on Republic Day,” he added. Meanwhile Union Minister Narendra Tomar said the laws will be discussed with representatives of farmers’ organisations from other states. “We will discuss these three laws point-by-point and we are ready to make amendments as necessary after considering the points on which you have objections,” the agriculture ministry quoted him as saying.