New Delhi [India], February 6 (ANI): Farmer unions on Saturday said that the three-hour 'chakka jam' protest against three farm laws was peaceful and "drew huge support".
They said the ball was in the government's court and it should come up with another proposal over their demands which includes repeal of the new farm laws.
The farmer unions also differed with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar over his remarks that they did not point to flaws in the three new farm laws during multiple rounds of talks.
Addressing a press conference at Singhu border here, Krantikari Kisan Union chief Darshan Pal said that the nationwide 'chakka jam' once again proved that farmers across the country "were united against the farm laws".
"The farmers were completely peaceful and non-violent in these events. We thank the international celebrities who supported our agitation," he said.
Darshan Pal said the Agriculture Minister had told them during talks that they were ready to make amendments to remove whatever was problematic in the laws. "Yesterday, he said the laws are in interests of the farmers, which is a lie. We condemn it."
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha also issued a press release in which it referred to Tomar's remarks made in Rajya Sabha on Friday.
"The SKM's call for Chakka Jam got huge support across the country today. Yesterday, in the Parliament, the Minister of Agriculture insulted the struggle of farmers of India by saying that only one state's farmers are opposing the agricultural laws. But today's nationwide Chakka Jam once again proved that farmers across the country are united against these laws. The farmers were completely peaceful and non-violent in these events," the release said.
The release said 127 persons have been arrested while 25 persons are still missing after the incidents that happened during tractor march on January 26.
SKM said that 204 agitators have died during the protest but the government "is still ignoring the pain of farmers".
SKM said they will provide all possible assistance to families of farmers.
"Despite all conspiracies of the government and anti-social elements, the SKM stands on the demand for the complete repeal of all the three laws and legal guarantee of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of crop procurement," it said.
Darshan Pal said Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait had made remarks concerning protest in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand "in haste".
"He personally felt that violence might occur in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. I feel he should have made the statement after speaking with us. The statement was made in haste."
Tikait had said they have evidence that few people would have attempted to spread violence at these places and have decided to not block roads in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. (ANI)