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Protesting farmers to observe black Diwali in Punjab

Chandigarh, November 14

Amid the continued impasse between the Centre and Punjab’s farmer unions, the protesting farmers on Saturday introduced to look at ‘black Diwali’ in opposition to the ‘black’ agricultural legal guidelines.

Their day-long talks ended inconclusively in Delhi on Friday.

“We are going to mild mashals (torches) on Diwali evening as an indication of our sangharsh (protest),” an announcement by the BKU Ekta (Dakaunda) mentioned.

A day earlier, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh welcomed the constructive spirit through which the farmers’ unions and the Centre held discussions on the imbroglio over the farm legal guidelines and different associated points.

Terming it a constructive improvement, the Chief Minister mentioned the assembly had, for the primary time, enabled the 2 sides to speak in an open atmosphere and hoped it might pave the way in which for breaking the stalemate on the difficulty.

The truth that either side got here to the desk and agreed to seek out options means that that they had come to a mutual realisation on the necessity to discover options to the extended disaster triggered by the farm legal guidelines, he mentioned.

Citing media stories, the Chief Minister hoped the farmer unions’ inner discussions on November 18, forward of one other assembly with the Central authorities on November 21, would assist determine the concrete methods and means to thrash out the varied factors raised at Friday’s in depth discussions.

Punjab, which has suffered large monetary losses because of the Covid-19 pandemic, has been badly hit by the present disaster triggered by the Central agricultural legal guidelines, mentioned Amarinder Singh, as confused on the necessity for pressing decision of the matter within the curiosity of the state and all sections of its populace. IANS

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