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Government open to discuss Agra ‘conversions’: Naidu

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New Delhi: Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Thursday said the government was ready for a detailed discussion on the Agra ‘conversions’ issue.

“Let the parliament discuss the issue threadbare and then come to a conclusion, and then let all states and centre together tackle this challengingindex task of conversions and re-conversions,” Naidu told reporters outside the parliament here.

He also said a legislation to ban conversion could be considered if all parties extend support.

“If all the parties support, let there be a legislation also to ban conversion, because this has been the wish of Mahatma Gandhi,” he said.

The minister’s comments follow the recent incident of alleged forcible conversion of about 300  in Agra, which rocked the parliament for the second time Thursday.

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Rahul Gandhi: Accepting Less Than Scrapping Farm Laws Will Be Deceit To Farmers

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The Congress has stepped up the demand of immediately scrapping the farm laws in the wake of the farmers’ protest in the national capital. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet,”Accepting less than scrapping of three black farm laws will be deceit to farmers and the country.”

The Congress leader’s reaction comes even as the meeting between the farmers and the government is going on to resolve the issue.

Talks between the Centre and over 34 farmer union representatives has started here, even as the farmers protest entered the eighth straight day with thousands sitting on different Delhi borders blocking essential supply chains to the city.

Like the previous round of talks held on December 1, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal are leading the meeting, which is expected to play a major role in farmers’ future course of action on whether they would continue the protest or withdraw it.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Bharatiya Kisan Sanyukta Morcha and Krantikari Kisan Union are among over the 34 farm union representatives taking part in the meeting, which started around 12.30 p.m.

The fourth round of meetings with the farmer leaders started at Vigyan Bhawan after the earlier talks remained inconclusive on December 1.

In the last meeting, the farmers’ representatives had unanimously rejected the Centre’s proposal of a special committee to resolve concerns over the farm laws.

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