Farmers’ protests: Wary unions want to wait and watch

CHANDIGARH: Protesting farm unions on Wednesday reacted cautiously to the Supreme Court’s proposal to set up a committee to resolve the deadlock over the three contentious farm laws.

While some said they will decide on the court’s suggestion only after receiving it in writing and taking legal advice, others claimed the new panel was meaningless since they had already rejected the Centre’s proposal to amend the three laws.

Harinder Singh Lakhowal, General Secretary of BKU (Lakhowal) and Omka General Secretary of BKU (Rajewal) said, “After discussion among farmer leaders today, it was decided that once we get any notice from the court, we will take legal advice and decide as to what to do.”

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Forming a new committee at this stage may not work, according to Sukhdev Singh, Punjab  General Secretary of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan).

“The government should have formed a committee of farmers and others before enacting the new agriculture laws,” he said.

Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav, who is also a member Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, said the SC can decide the constitutionality of the farm laws but it is not for the judiciary to decide on the feasibility and desirability of these laws.

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