With Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaching out to farmers during his two-hour-long address on Friday, the question on everyone's mind is whether the outreach will end the deadlock between protesters and the central government.
Bharatiya Kisan Union president Shyoraj Singh said, "I agree with the PM. He is right. Since Independence, farmers have been influenced by the Congress and now, the BJP."
"I think there are some unions having their own political agendas but the vast community of farmers across the country have welcomed the honourable Prime Minister's initiatives," BJP MP GVL Narsimha Rao said in response to pushback from farmers' unions. Jayanta Ghosal of the Trinamool Congress hit back saying, "You have to accept the spontaneity of the discontent among farmers."
General secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha, CPI leader Atul Kumar Anjan asked, "My Agriculture Minister Mr Tomar says out of 201 recommendations of Swaminathan Committee, 200 have been implemented. Then why this movement?"