The Supreme Court has asked Centre whether it can put the agri laws on hold, till further talks with farmers are held. Centre has, however, argued that farmers will not come forward for talks if laws are put on hold.
The apex court was hearing a bunch of petitions seeking removal of farmers from Delhi borders. The court observed that though farmers had the right to protest, it must not affect the right to life of others or result in violence or damage.
CNBC-TV18’s Ashmit Kumar who is tracking the case gets more details on the key arguments and counter-arguments.
Kavitha Kuruganti, a member of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), said, “Exact legal strategy of the farmer unions will be worked out. The court is saying that there can be respondents if they want to and they will certainly take a call on that. But what is important to note is that there is a conversation happening between the government and the farmer unions at this point of time and the court taking on a mediator role is unnecessary.”
She said, “The court is talking about 8 unions and as you know right now just in terms of Punjab unions there are 32 unions and there are members on the highways and there are more than 500 farmer unions that are protesting all over the country so 8 unions being there doesn’t work.”
“This worry about implementation being put on hold will mean those farmer unions will not come forward for talks that is baseless, at this point the ball is in the court of the government for the time, let us see how they respond.”
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