Hardening the stand against the new farm laws, protesting farmers have started an indefinite relay hunger strike. Five rounds of talks between the farmers and government have failed since the protests began in late November. In a letter to 40 farmer leaders, the government asked the farmers to choose a date for the next round of talks. The government said that all the efforts are being made “with an open heart” to resolve their concerns.

The relay hunger strike is the third national event of the farmers’ agitation after a nation-wide shutdown earlier this month and hunger strike by farmer leaders last week. Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav said, “We will hold an indefinite relay hunger strike here, in which 11 people will take it in turns to fast for 24 hours each.”

According to PTI, Agriculture Ministry Joint Secretary Vivek Aggarwal said: “I request those previously invited protesting union leaders to provide details of their remaining concerns and doubts and suggest a date as per convenience for next round of talks.”

The government would like to convene the next round of talks at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi in order to end the ongoing protests against the repeal of farm laws, Aggarwal further said.

Farmers would also be halting toll collection in Haryana from 25 to 27 December, farmer leader Jagjeet Singh Dalewala told reporters in a press briefing.

Since November 26, farmers have been staging protests at different borders of Delhi. They want the three newly-enacted farm laws to be repealed. The contentious agricultural laws are Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.