LAST UPDATED: Dec. 21, 2020, 10:18 a.m.
New Delhi: The hunger strike of the farmers against the new agricultural laws of the government is starting from today.
Farmers have taken a tough stance to reverse the law amid protests that began in late November around the Delhi border. However, after five rounds of talks failed, the government on Sunday asked the protesting farmers to choose a date for the next round of talks.
The hunger strike is the third major national event organized by farmers after a nationwide bandh earlier this month, supported by opposition parties and trade unions. Farmers will also meet once again to renegotiate the minimum support price or MSP, with repeated assurances from the government, but some farmers organizations still want the law to be repealed.
Major updates so far:
In a letter to 40 farmer leaders, the government on Sunday said it was “open-heartedly” trying to find a suitable solution to address all the farmers’ concerns.
On Sunday, protesters made an appeal to intensify the stir, as the numbers on Delhi’s borders had soared. Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav, one of the leaders of the protest, told reporters, “We will undertake an indefinite hunger strike here, in which 11 people will take a 24-hour fast in turn.”
The protesters appealed to people across the country to skip meals on Farmers Day on Wednesday, “to honor the men and women who provide you with food three times a day”.
On Sunday, the protesters also attacked the government and said they would stage a demonstration during “PM Modi’s next Mann Ki Baat”.
“When the Prime Minister gives his Mann Ki Baat radio address on December 27, the farmers will say ‘We are tired of listening to your mind, when will you listen to our mind?” Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav said.