After the seventh round of talks failed between the farmers’ representatives and the center, Attorney General K. K. Venugopal told the court: “We are discussing with farmers. There are chances of some sort of understanding between the parties.” Chief Justice Bobde, while hearing a petition challenging the laws, said the top court’s “intention was to encourage talks” between the government and the protesting farmers. “There’s no improvement in situation at all. We understand the situation and we encourage talks,” the Chief Justice said. Last week, the government said the two sides were able to come to an understanding on two of the four demands of the farmers withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill and the penal provisions for stubble burning in the Air Quality Commission Ordinance.
Top Court said that it will hear all the petitions challenging the constitutionality of the three farm acts on January 8, Monday. The center has told the court that the talks with farmers have been positive and that there are “chances of some sort of understanding between the two parties”. The deadlock over the repeal of the contentious farm laws continued, with the Center and the farmers unable to get on the same page in the seventh round of discussions. The protesting farmers have announced that they will intensify their agitation against the three contentious agriculture laws for the next two weeks. Swaraj India’s Yogendra Yadav, who has been backing the protesters, said on Tuesday that a tractor march will be organised at four Delhi borders on January 7 to press for their demands — repealing the laws and giving legal guarantee for the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system. The leader called the march a “trailer” before the massive Republic Day agitation.