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No breakthrough in talks between govt and farmer leaders; next meeting on December 9

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The government on Saturday proposed to hold another meeting on December 9 with representatives of protesting farmers, as their fifth round of talks ended in a deadlock with the farmers' group going on a 'maun vrat' (vow of silence) seeking a clear 'yes or no' answer to their demand of repealing three farm laws.

No breakthrough in talks between govt and farmer leaders; next meeting on December 9
The government on Saturday proposed to hold another meeting on December 9 with representatives of protesting farmers, as their fifth round of talks ended in a deadlock with the farmers' group going on a 'maun vrat' (vow of silence) seeking a clear 'yes or no' answer to their demand of repealing three farm laws. Sources said the government proposed another round of meeting on December 9 next week as it sought some time from the unions to present a concrete proposal after further consultations within the government.
Agriculture ministry later tweeted that the fifth round of talks has ended. Union leaders said they do not want anything less than the complete repeal of the laws, which they claim are the laws meant to end the mandi system and minimum support price procurement system to give for benefits of corporates.
During the meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar also appealed to the union leaders to send back the elderly, women and children to their homes from the protest sites. Thousands of farmers are protesting on various borders of the national capital since November 26, seeking repeal of three farm laws enacted in September.
As their meeting with three union ministers, including Tomar, Piyush Goyal and Som Parkash, continued for more than four hours, farmer leaders told the government to reply in "black and white" that whether it will repeal the laws or not. Gurlabh Singh Mahal, legal advisor to Punjab Kisan Union, said the farmer leaders wanted the government to answer in 'Yes or No' and decided to go on a 'maun vrat' after the government did not reply to their pinpointed demand.

Farmers' protest LIVE Updates:

Central Government has said that they will send us a proposal on December 9th. We will discuss it amongst ourselves after which a meeting with them will be held that day: Farmer leaders say after the fifth round of meeting with Central government concludes. (ANI)

Farmers' protest LIVE Updates: It was decided at the meeting that the next round of talks between farmer leaders and central government to be held on December 9th, on the request of all stakeholders. (ANI)

Farmers' protest LIVE Updates: The government on Saturday told representatives of agitating farmers that their concerns are being looked into but the union leaders stuck to their demand for repeal of the legislations and threatened to walk out of the talks. The government side, however, managed to convince the farmer leaders to continue the talks, which began at 2.30 PM earlier in the day.

Farmers' protest LIVE Updates: We can meet the day after tomorrow for another round of meeting: Central government says during the meeting with farmer leaders at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi

Farmers' protest LIVE Updates: Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar walks out of meeting with farmers' representatives, reported CNN-News18.

Farmers' protest LIVE Updates:  Meeting the government for the fifth time on Saturday with their demands for scrapping the three new farm laws, union leaders decided to have their own tea and food, ferried from their langar (community kitchen) at Singhu border, where thousands of farmers are protesting for over a week.
The fifth round of talks began at 2.30 PM and was attended by 40 representatives of various farmer organisations. Union leaders said they had their own food and tea during a break, rather than having what was arranged by the government at Vigyan Bhawan, the meeting venue. During their last meeting on Thursday also, the farmer leaders had their own lunch, tea and even water.
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