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NEW DELHI, Dec 29 - Protesting farmer unions on Tuesday wrote to the Centre on the talks scheduled between the two sides on Wednesday, saying the discussion will only be on the modalities of repealing the three legislations, giving a legal guarantee on the MSP, and on two other issues they proposed earlier this week for a resumption of the dialogue.

The government has invited the protesting farmers for the sixth round of talks on Wednesday.

A day before the talks, Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal met Home Minister Amit Shah. Sources said they discussed and finalised the government�s position for the meeting.

In its letter on Tuesday, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, which represents 40 farmer unions, said the modalities for repealing the three contentious laws and a legal guarantee on MSP must be part of the agenda for the talks.

The Morcha further said the agenda of the meeting should also include amendments to be made and notified in the Commission for the Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020 to exclude farmers from its penal provisions.

Through the letter, the Morcha also formally accepted the government�s invite for talks. The letter also stated that withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 to protect the interests of farmers should also be part of the agenda for the dialogue.

The farmers had also written to the government on December 26 listing the agenda for talks.

In the latest letter, the Morcha pointed out that in its December 26 communication to the government, it had mentioned �changes� by mistake instead of �withdrawal� in the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday the farmer unions deferred to Thursday their proposed tractor march against the contentious agriculture laws, so that the rally does not clash with their talks with the government.

Thousands of protesting farmers have been camping at three Delhi border points � Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri � for the past 31 days, demanding a repeal of three farm laws and legal guarantee for minimum support price. � PTI

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Farmers harden stand on agenda for today�s talks

NEW DELHI, Dec 29 - Protesting farmer unions on Tuesday wrote to the Centre on the talks scheduled between the two sides on Wednesday, saying the discussion will only be on the modalities of repealing the three legislations, giving a legal guarantee on the MSP, and on two other issues they proposed earlier this week for a resumption of the dialogue.

The government has invited the protesting farmers for the sixth round of talks on Wednesday.

A day before the talks, Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal met Home Minister Amit Shah. Sources said they discussed and finalised the government�s position for the meeting.

In its letter on Tuesday, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, which represents 40 farmer unions, said the modalities for repealing the three contentious laws and a legal guarantee on MSP must be part of the agenda for the talks.

The Morcha further said the agenda of the meeting should also include amendments to be made and notified in the Commission for the Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020 to exclude farmers from its penal provisions.

Through the letter, the Morcha also formally accepted the government�s invite for talks. The letter also stated that withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 to protect the interests of farmers should also be part of the agenda for the dialogue.

The farmers had also written to the government on December 26 listing the agenda for talks.

In the latest letter, the Morcha pointed out that in its December 26 communication to the government, it had mentioned �changes� by mistake instead of �withdrawal� in the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday the farmer unions deferred to Thursday their proposed tractor march against the contentious agriculture laws, so that the rally does not clash with their talks with the government.

Thousands of protesting farmers have been camping at three Delhi border points � Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri � for the past 31 days, demanding a repeal of three farm laws and legal guarantee for minimum support price. � PTI

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