That the farm agitation has gone on far too long was evident in the manner that the farmers clashed with police on Republic Day and the protest turned violent. While the government and the farmers have concluded several rounds of negotiations, it is stuck on the point of repealing the farm bills. Perhaps, the government can rope in chief ministers of the north Indian states affected by the farm agitation to get the farmers to back down.
This would be a bipartisan mix of Congress and BJP chief ministers like Amarinder Singh, ML Khattar, Yogi Adityanath and Ashok Gehlot. When the rioting began, Amarinder had promptly urged the farmers to return to their protest sites. Now that the Centre has promised to put the laws into deep freeze for 18 months, farmers should be prodded by politicians across the spectrum to return to their homes.
Chief ministers as negotiators carry the added heft of enjoying the popular mandate of their respective states, and it would also signal respect for federalism.
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