Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said Sunday that his statement on extension of the proposed suspension of the three farm laws had been misinterpreted to give a wrong impression that it was his “personal suggestion” that the 18-month hold on farm laws be extended. In fact, he said, he had made it clear that his remarks were based on feedback from some farm groups.
Saturday, when asked about a way out of the impasse and whether he was aware of any offer by the Central government (to farmer unions) to keep the bills in abeyance for 24 months, the CM had said, “It’s not my impression. This is what I hear from various groups which are working that there is talk within the farming community that the government may come around to 24 months. Now, if they are offering 18 months and the farmers are demanding three years, somewhere a compromise may come in at two years. That is what we have heard. We keep meeting the farmers, some messages come directly, some indirectly.”