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Farmers hold meeting at Singhu border after talks with Centre fail, all eyes on tomorrow’s dialogue

Many farmer organisations on Wednesday met at Delhi-Haryana borders to decide their strategy after failing the dialogue on Tuesday between the Centre and 32 farm unions on the contentious farm laws against which the farmers are protesting at Delhi borders. Earlier on Tuesday, India’s agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and the minister of Commerce and Industry Som Prakash had spoken to the 32 farm union representatives who were camping at the Delhi borders.

The Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday met with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and his cabinet colleague Piyush Goyal at his home to discuss yesterday’s meeting with the farmers. However, the farm union representatives said only the government could end the protest.

Thousands of farmers’ alongwith their representatives from several states camped out on the outskirts of Delhi while some of them have entered Delhi. Moreover, the farmers across the country have started to march towards Delhi to join the protest. All eyes are on December 3 talks as the protest has entered on its seventh day.

On Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of farmers gathered at the Noida and Delhi border to stop traffic movement on a key route connecting Uttar Pradesh with the national capital, officials said. Delhi borders were under heavy police deployment as the farmers blocked the Delhi-Noida border two days after the farmers threatened to block five border entry points of Delhi On Sunday.

Following which, the Jhajjar-Bahadurgarh border which connects Delhi to Gurgaon, were closed as precautionary measures, leading to heavy traffic jams in several parts of the city. The Chilla border that links Delhi to Uttar Pradesh through Noida has been closed. The police did multilayered barricading at every point to stop the farmers.

Earlier on Tuesday, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekar Azad and Jan Adhikar Party chief Pappu Yadav alongwith hundreds of his supporters joined the farmers protest at the Delhi-Ghazipur border and demanded that the contentious farms laws be withdrawn immediately. Also, Bilkis Dadi, the face of months-long Shaheen Bagh’s anti-CAA protest was stopped by the Delhi Police at the Singhu Border where thousands of farmers have been protesting. Police have also used water cannons at protesting Punjab Youth Congress workers in Chandigarh during a protest in front of the Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar’s residence, demanding an apology from him for alleged use of force against protesting farmers.

Also Read: Talks with farmers fail, Congress demands winter session of Parliament

However, the farmer representatives briefed the media that they had decided not to go back to their home until the government fulfills their demands. The Aam Aadmi Party said in an official statement that the laws have already been passed in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and have been signed by the president. No state has the power to independently implement or reject these laws.

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