Members of SC panel pro-Govt, won’t appear before it: Farmer unions

Members of SC panel pro-Govt, won’t appear before it: Farmer unions

New Delhi: Protesting farmer unions on Tuesday made it clear that they will not call off their agitation until the three farm laws are repealed, while raising doubts over the neutrality of the four-member panel set up by the Supreme Court to resolve the deadlock over the contentious legislations.
While the farm unions welcomed the top court’s order to stay the implementation of agri laws, they asserted they will not appear before the committee as, according to them, its members were ‘pro-Government’.
Addressing a press conference at Singhu Border here, farmer leader Balbeer Singh Rajewal said that farmers never demanded the Supreme Court form a committee to resolve the impasse, alleging the Central Government is behind this development.
“The members of the SC-appointed committee are not dependable as they have been writing on how agri laws are pro-farmer. We will continue our agitation,” Rajewal told the presser after a meeting of 32 farmer unions from Punjab. “We are against any committee on principle. It is the Government’s way to distract attention from the protest,” he said, adding that farmers will go ahead with their proposed January 26 ‘Kisan Parade’ that will be moved into the national capital.
Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait alleged the members of the committee, set up by the top court, have been in support of open market system or three farm laws.
The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) said in a statement, “It is clear that the court is being misguided by various forces even in its constitution of a committee. These are people who are known for their support to the 3 Acts and have actively advocated for the same.” On Wednesday, Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, which represents around 40 protesting unions, will hold a meeting to discuss the next course of action.

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