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Farmers Protest Live Updates: Farmers reject Centre’s draft proposal, threaten to intensify protests

Farmers Protest Live Updates: Hours after receiving the Centre’s draft proposal to amend the new agriculture-marketing laws, farmer unions Wednesday rejected the proposal while terming it as “vague.” They also said they will block the Jaipur-Delhi and the Delhi-Agra expressways on or before December 12, and all the roads entering into the national capital, one-by-one, if their demands are unmet.

As farmers agitation against the Centre’s three contentious farm laws entered day 14, the Centre proposed to give a “written assurance” that the existing Minimum Support Price (MSP) regime for procurement will continue. In a draft proposal sent to 13 agitating farmer unions, the government said it is willing to make necessary amendments on at least seven issues, including one to allay fears about the weakening of the mandi system.

Meanwhile, a delegation of senior opposition leaders led by former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja met President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday and submitted a memorandum asking to repeal the new farm laws. In a memorandum submitted to the President, the opposition leaders said, “We urge upon you, as the custodian of the Indian Constitution, to persuade “your government” not to be obdurate and accept the demands raised by India’s annadatas.”

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