A significant farmer leader, Sarwan Singh Pandher, expressed worries on Tuesday regarding the government’s unwavering position against permitting them to enter Delhi. He was upset that the farmers had refused the government’s offer to purchase cotton, maize, and pulses at MSP. Pandher warned the authorities that they would be held accountable for the results of their decisions.

Pandher declared that the farmers would resume their march towards Delhi on Wednesday, even though the failure of the discussions. He charged that the government was impeding their nonviolent protest and berated them for not wanting to have a conversation. Due to the high level of police presence in Haryana, Pandher also denounced the use of force against the farmers, drawing comparisons between the two regions’ situations.

Pandher implored the government to reevaluate its stance in order to meet their objectives. He underlined the farmers’ will to fight for their rights while also highlighting the significance of a peaceful resolution. The farmers aren’t backing down from their demands for MSP on all crops and other crucial reforms, even as the impasse drags on.

Participating farmer leaders in the ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation on Monday rejected the Center’s proposal to have government agencies purchase ‘pulses, maize, and cotton’ at minimum support price (MSP) for five years, claiming it was not in the farmers’ best interests. Instead, they declared that they would march to the nation’s capital on Wednesday. “At the Punjabi border with Haryana, at the Shambhu, we call on the government to address our concerns or take down the barriers so that we can travel to Delhi and demonstrate peacefully,” Kisan Mazdoor Morcha leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said to reporters. Following discussions with farmers, a group including three Union ministers suggested a five-year contract that would allow government agencies to purchase cotton, maize, and pulses at MSP.

At the fourth session of discussions in Chandigarh on Sunday, a team comprising three Union ministers—Piyush Goyal, Arjun Munda, and Nityanand Rai—presented the plan to the farmers.The government’s proposal was earlier rejected by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which led the farmers’ agitation in 2020–21. According to the SKM, the proposal aims to “divert and weaken” the farmers’ demand for MSP, and they will not accept anything less than the C–2 plus 50% MSP formula suggested in the Swaminathan Commission report.

“It has been decided that the Center’s proposal is not in the interest of farmers and we reject this proposal,” declared farmer leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal later in the evening following discussions on the two platforms.He claimed that during the fourth round of negotiations, Union ministers threatened to burden the exchequer with an extra Rs 1.50 lakh crore if the government guaranteed the purchase of pulses. Dallewal stated that if the minimum support price is offered for every crop, Rs 1.75 lakh crore will be required, citing the computation of an agriculture expert. According to him, the government spends Rs 1.75 lakh crore on palm oil purchases, which are contributing to an increase in sickness rates among the populace. It is still being imported, he added, but the government won’t be burdened if the Rs 1.75 lakh crore is used to cultivate other commodities by providing a legal guarantee for MSP. He said the Centre’s proposal to buy five crops on MSP will be only for those who adopt crop diversification i. e., MSP will be given only to those who cultivate pulses instead of paddy and will not be given to those who grow moong instead of paddy.

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