The unions said they will hold another meeting on Saturday where a formal decision on the Centre's invite for the resumption of stalled talks is likely to be taken.
New Delhi: Farmers have announced to block all toll plazas in Haryana from 10 am ahead of another meeting of protesting farmer unions where a formal decision on the Centre's invite for the resumption of stalled talks is likely to be taken.
Some of the farmer leaders indicated that they may resume talks with the government to find a solution to the ongoing deadlock over the three contentious agri laws.
An official in the Union ministry of agriculture and farmers' welfare also said the government was expecting the next round of meeting to take place in the next two-three days.
A news agency report quoted, one of the protesting union leaders, who did not wish to be named, said their demand for a legal guarantee on minimum support price will, however, remain the same.
"We have another meeting tomorrow to take a decision on the Centre's letter. In this meeting, we may decide to resume talks with the government as it appears through its previous letters that it has not been able to understand our issues so far," the leader said. He said the government's letters have no proposals, the reason why farmer unions may decide to hold fresh talks and make it understand their demands.
"MSP cannot be separated from our demand of repealing these three laws. In these laws, there is mention about private mandis. Who will ensure that our crop is sold at fixed MSP if it is not there?" another leader asked. On Friday, several farmer unions held a meeting, but no decision could be taken on the Centre's latest letter.
Earlier in the day, PM Narendra Modi squarely blamed those with a political agenda for the farmers' protest and asserted that his government was willing to hold dialogues with all.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the government is ready to talk with opposition parties as well if the discussion is based on facts.
In a major development, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday urged farmers to try the new laws as an experiment. “Let farm laws be implemented for a year or two. Let’s try this as an experiment, and if found not beneficial for farmers, the government will be ready for all possible amendments,” he said.
The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee Friday demanded that the Centre arrange trains so that farmers from different parts of the country reach the ongoing protests at Delhi's border points, adding that they are ready to pay the cost of tickets for all peasants.
(With inputs from agency)
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