Press Note: Samyukta Kisan Morcha

Farmers take note but reject SC’s role as mediator. Only repeal of laws is acceptable !

New Delhi, 11 January 2021

That all the farmers organization who are spearheading the fight against the farm laws are unanimous in their decision that laws must be repealed forthwith.

Though all organisations express great respect for Hon’ble Supreme Court for it’s understanding of the problem and comforting words expressed during the hearing today.

While all organisations welcome the suggestions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court to stay the implementation of the farm laws, they are collectively and individually not willing to participate in any proceedings before a committee that may be appointed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

Looking to the attitude and approach of the Govt which made it clear before the court today repeatedly that they will not agree to the discussion for repeal before the committee.

As, requested by our lawyers before the Hon’ble Supreme Court today repeatedly they had no instructions to agree for committee without consulting the organisation involved, we met our lawyers this evening at length and after deliberation on pros and cons of the suggestions of to the committee, we informed them that we are unanimously not agreeable to go before any committee. That may be appointed by Hon’ble Supreme Court today due to stubborn attitude of the government.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court was requested by our lawyers as also by other lawyers including Sh Harish Salve to fix the hearing to again tomorrow to enable them to consult the organisations and seek their consent to the suggestion of the Hon’ble court. We have been told that no such hearing has been fixed for tomorrow as per the cause list already published for tomorrow till 9pm and that only the matters are listed for pronouncements for order by the Hon’ble Court. These events have deeply disappointed us, our lawyers and also farmers at large. Therefore it has been decided to release this press statement to let the world know our stand in the matter.

Farmers and we as their representatives once again express our gratitude to the Hon’ble Supreme Court but regret our inability to accede their suggestions. Since our struggle is for the welfare of hundreds of millions of farmers across the country, and it is in larger public interest, while govt falsely propagates that agitation is confined only to farmers of Punjab, thousands of farmers from Haryana, UP, Utrakhand, Rajasthan, MP, Maharashtra and some other states are assembled on the borders of Delhi while thousands more are protesting at various places of different states at this very moment.

The delegation which consulted their lawyers include S Balvir S Rajewal, Dr Darshan Pal, S Prem S Bhangu, S Rajinder Singh Deep Singh Wala and S Jagmohan Singh. The team of lawyers include Sr advocate Dushyant Dave, S Prashant Bhushan, S Collin Gonsalves and S HS Phoolka.

Issued by Dr Darshan Pal

Samyukta Kisan Morcha

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