Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday met Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar for the second time after the protesting farmers had rejected the proposal of holding early talks and shifting the protest venue.
Last night the Home Minister held talks with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Agriculture Minister at BJP chief JP Nadda’s Delhi residence. The top BJP leaders held talks about the protesting farmers who are agitated over the Centre’s three contentious farm laws. The meeting came after the farmers threatened to block five entry points of Delhi. After a massive showdown between the police and protesting farmers, Amit Shah on Saturday said the government was ready to hold talks on every problem and demand of farmers.
He had also said the protest will have to be shifted to a designated venue if the farmers wanted to hold early discussions with the government. The farmers, however, rejected the proposal saying the government should have approached with an open heart and shouldn’t have put preconditions. The talks have now been scheduled for December 3.
All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee leader Darshan Pal told HT that the home ministry has no role to play in the talks regarding the issues faced by farmers. He said the committee have rejected the offer for talks with the home ministry as it has nothing to do with farmers or agriculture.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Kisan Union Krantikari-wing’s president Surjeet S Phul also told ANI that They’ve decided that they’ll never go to Burari Park as they got proof that it’s an open jail. Delhi Police told Uttarakhand Farmer Association President that they’ll take them to Jantar Mantar but instead locked them at Burari Park.
Farmers are protesting against the government’s three contentious farm laws as they fear that the amended laws will allow private players and big corporates to gain profits from the agricultural sector. They also fear that the new laws will adversely impact the procurement of foodgrains under the minimum support price (MSP) system as there’s no mention of MSP in any of the three laws.