Protesting Farmers Agree To Attend Talks With GOI As BJP Huddles At Nadda’s Residence
With thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana camping at the borders of the National Capital Region, it seems the Government of India has finally been pushed to accede at least to one of their demands, i.e., to hold unconditional talks immediately. Perhaps, that is why the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, “On November 13, we had decided to meet the farmers on December 3, 2020. But farmers are in a mood to protest. It is cold and there is a coronavirus, we request you (the farmers) to leave the protest and find a solution through talks.” With this, the GOI announced that the talks with farmers had been preponed to December 1, i.e, Tuesday. As of now, the farmers have agreed to talk to GOI today.
The talks will be held over the farmers’ demands varying from the abolition of the new farm laws to including MSP for crops in the new law. As of now, the GOI has invited representatives of about 32 farmers’ groups, but the farmers want representatives of all the 500 farmers groups across the country to be invited to these talks. In this regard, Sukhvinder S Sabhran of Punjab Kisan Sangharsh Committee claimed, “We won’t be going for talks till all groups are called.”
Meanwhile, both Singhu and Tikri borders have been closed for public traffic as the huge gathering of farmers continue to camp on the highway for the past 5 days. The Delhi government had asked the farmers to convene at an open ground in Burari area but they refused to do so and, instead, continued to sit-in at the two borders.
On the other hand, a meeting is already underway at BJP Chief JP Nadda’s house, which also has the Home Minister Amit Shah and the Agriculture Minister in attendance. This is the second such meeting among the top BJP leadership in the past 48 hours even as massive farmers’ protests continue to rock the country over the contentious farm laws.