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Farmer protests: Centre willing to talk, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh likely to lead talks

The Central government has called agitating farmers for talks on Tuesday two days ahead of the scheduled date, as the protest is intensifying. Reports said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will lead talks with farmers. However, some groups are upset with the government’s decision. Punjab Kisan Sangharsh Committee’s joint secretary Sukhvinder S Sabhran said that there are more than 500 farmers’ groups in the country, but the Centre has invited only 32 groups for talks. He said the committee won’t be going for talks till all groups are called.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar have arrived at the residence of BJP chief JP Nadda, to hold a meeting over farmers’ protest.

Making the announcement, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar cited the cold and Covid-19 pandemic. Farmers’ protest have entered into the sixth day after a massive showdown with the police at different borders of Delhi. The farmers were lathi charged, water cannons and tear gas shells were used against them. Braving all, the farmers have reached the borders of Delhi. While some of them have managed to enter Delhi, others sit at the borders fearing their protest will weaken if they go to the protest site in Burari. The farmers argue that they won’t go back until the Centre repeals three contentious agricultural laws.

Earlier on Monday, Union minister Amit Shah met Narendra Singh Tomar and held the second meeting within 24 hours after protesting farmers rejected the proposal of early talks that hinged on them shifting their protest venue.

Kerala Chief Minister has said it is time to stand with the farmers. The Kerala government urged the Centre to listen to the protesting farmers and resolve the issue in an amicable manner. The whole of our country needs to come together on this; because farmers are the lifeblood of this country.

Meanwhile, Rajendar Soni, Mahamantri, Delhi Autorickshaw Union & Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union have said they are with the protesting farmers like the entire country. But he clarified that Delhi auto rickshaws & taxis won’t go on strike. He said the Union is already been out of work for 4 months & can’t afford strikes

Also Read: PM Modi defends farm laws, says Centre’s intention not to mislead the farmers

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