Protesting Farmer Unions Welcome Bhupinder Mann’s Decision, But Say Will Not Accept Any Committee

Protesting farmer leaders welcomed Bhartiya Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann’s decision on Thursday to recuse himself from a Supreme Court-appointed committee, and reiterated that they do not want any panel and will not settle for anything less than the repeal of the three contentious laws. They said the other three members of the committee should follow suit as the agitating unions had never demanded formation of any committee to resolve the impasse between farmers and the Centre over the new agri laws. Farmer union and opposition parties had raised doubts over the composition of the panel, insisting that its members have been in favour of the three laws in the past. “Mann’s decision is a good step as there is no importance of any committee for farmer unions as it has not been our demand. Mann knew that no farmer union would appear before the court-appointed committee that’s why he has taken this decision,” farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni told PTI. Asked whether union leaders would attend the next round of talks with the government scheduled for Friday, he said that they are not against any dialogue and that they will hold talks with Union ministers. Farmer leader Harinder Singh Lakhowal also said that they will not call off their protest until the government repeals these laws and gives a legal guarantee on minimum support price for their crops.




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