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Samyukt Kisan Morcha ready to stand down, pending written assurances from Central Government

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated last month that the controversial farm laws would be scrapped, and a bill that proposed the same was passed in the parliament.

The protesting farmers who were for the last 15 months under the umbrella leadership of Samyukt Kisan Morcha had launched an agitation against the three controversial farm laws (now-scrapped).

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The agitating farmers had claimed that they would still be maintaining their presence in Delhi till they have a legal guarantee for MSP issues and a written guarantee to drop all police cases filed against the farmers during the agitation.

The Centre has indicated that a written assurance will be given to the farmers, which met all their demands if the farmers would stand down and return to their homes; it is observed that the farmers are on the brink of standing down after the assurance from the Centre.

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On Tuesday evening, all farmer leaders under the Samyukt Kisan Morcha held a meeting at Singhu near the Delhi border to discuss the Centre’s offer; however, an agreement could not be reached between the leaders. The leaders were considering how to proceed with the Centre’s offer, but the meeting was without any conclusion and will resume tomorrow at 2 PM.

The Centre, on its part, has offered to form a committee that will decide the MSP issue. The representatives from the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, government officials and agricultural experts will form the committee.

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As per reliable sources, it has come to the knowledge that the Central government is also open to giving the farmers written assurances for the demands, which include a legal guarantee for MSP, and writing off all police cases lodged against them, which includes stubble burning too.

Sources have pointed out that though the farmers are glad about the Centre’s offer, 1 point from the central government is acting as a hurdle in the situation suggesting the farmers stand down before all the police cases against them are dropped.

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The farmers, on their part, have constituted to hold talks with the central government; even Home Minister Amit Shah had spoken to the farmer leaders after the three laws were scrapped.

NDTV has reported that during an interview with a Union Leader of the farmers, Yudhvir Singh stated that the Centre was given a ‘deadline’ which had unfortunately expired. He further added that if a compromise is found between the central government and the farmers leading the protest, then there is a high possibility that the farmers would stand down and return home to their families.

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