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Supreme court to hear petition on farm laws, ongoing protests today

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear a batch of petition today challenging the three agricultural laws and the farmers’ protest on the outskirts of New Delhi.

Eight rounds of talks with the government has so far failed to mollify the farmers on their demands to repeal the legislations and to provide legal backing for minimum support price system.

The ninth round of talks will be held on January 15, after the Supreme Court’s examines the constitutional validity of the laws.

Meanwhile, Former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot urged the Narendra Modi government to withdraw the new farm laws, saying neither farmers nor state governments were consulted about it

Tens of thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping out on roads around the Capital, New Delhi, for over 40 days, braving bitter cold and continuous rain over the last few days. They have consistently argued that the agricultural laws threaten their livelihoods, while the government maintains that the legislations will unshackle farmers from having to sell their produce only at regulated wholesale markets.

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