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LIVE: Govt-farmer unions' meeting inconclusive; next talks on Jan 19
Farmers' protest LIVE updates: The Supreme Court on January 11 had stayed the implementation of the three laws till further orders
In Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, protestors raised slogans against the Centre, demanding the rollback of the three farm laws | Photo: @INCIndia
Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 51: Protesting farmer unions stuck to their demand for a complete repeal of three contentious farm laws at their ninth round of talks with three central ministers but while the government asked them to be more flexible in their approach and expressed willingness for necessary amendments, as the two sides decided to meet again on January 19.
The government asked protesting farmers to form an informal group to prepare a concrete proposal about their objections and suggestions on the three farm laws for further discussion at their next meeting on January 19 to end the long-running protest at various Delhi borders, but unions stuck to their main demand of a complete repeal of the three Acts.
The farmer unions have been maintaining that they were ready to attend the scheduled talks with the government, even as they have said they do not want to appear before the court-appointed panel and have also questioned its composition.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at several Delhi border points, demanding a complete repeal of the three farm laws and legal guarantee of minimum support price for their crops.
Meanwhile, activist Anna Hazare has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reiterated his decision to launch "the last hunger strike" of his life on farmers' issues in Delhi by January end.