The seventh round of talks between the central leadership and farm union leaders remained inconclusive on Monday. The government ruled out the roll-back of the three contentious agricultural laws and the protesters refused to call off their agitation till that happens. After the meeting, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the government wanted to have a discussion over any clause the protesters had a problem with but the farmers remained adamant on the repeal of the laws.Also Read - Breaking News LIVE: Lok Sabha Adjourned Till Tomorrow

“We wanted farmer unions to discuss three laws clause-wise. We could not reach any solution as farmer union remained adamant on the repeal of the laws,” Narendra Singh Tomar said. “Looking at today’s discussion, I hope that we will have a meaningful discussion during our next meeting and we will come to a conclusion,” he further added. Also Read - Highlights of the Day: 'Honoured And Humbled,' Parag Agrawal on Being Named New Twitter CEO

The government, represented by Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal and Som Prakash, told the delegation of 41 participating farm union leaders it would review any clause the protesters had a problem with. The Centre’s representatives also asked the farmer leaders to point out what they considered objectionable in the legislations, a farm leader said, which resulted in a standoff. Also Read - After Centre’s Assurance, Protesting Farmers Defer Proposed Tractor Rally To Parliament On Nov 29

The seventh round of talks between protesting unions and three central ministers ended inconclusively on Monday as the farmer leaders insisted on the repeal of the three contentious farm laws right from the beginning, even as the government listed various benefits from the Acts.

The next meeting will take place on January 8, farmer leaders said. The two sides took a long break after just about one hour of discussions, during which representatives of protesting farmers had their own food, arranged from langar (community kitchen), as they have been doing for the last few times.

However, unlike the last round of talks on December 30, the ministers did not join the union leaders for the langar food and were seen having their own discussion separately during the break, which lasted for almost two hours.

The two sides got together again to resume their discussions at around 5.15 pm, but no headway could be made as the talks remained focussed on the farmer’s demand for the repeal of the Acts.