Amid massive protests against the three contentious agricultural laws, Amit Shah on Saturday said the government was ready to deliberate on "every problem and demand" if the farmers were ready to shift to another protest site.
New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar met last night at BJP chief JP Nadda's Delhi house, sources said, hours after the farmers protesting in and around the national capital rejected the centre's proposal of holding early talks to discuss their grievances.
The top BJP leaders held discussions on the protests by thousands of farmers that began last week. The meeting, which came as the protesters threatened to block five entry points to Delhi, reportedly went on for over two hours.
Amid massive protests against the three contentious agricultural laws, Amit Shah on Saturday said the government was ready to deliberate on "every problem and demand". The Home Minister, however, had said the protest will have to be shifted to a designated venue if the farmers wanted to hold early discussions with the government; the talks have been scheduled for December 3.
On Sunday, the farmers said they were prepared to camp for a long period, possibly even spending the winter on the borders if their demands were not met. Farmers' groups said some would be sent back home after 11 days, following which others would arrive with more essentials.
Meanwhile, to survive the harsh winter, protesting farmers at Delhi borders make daily trips to nearby towns in Haryana to buy food and clothes since local police don’t allow them to enter the capital. Help also comes from local groups and gurdwaras in nearby towns in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, which have been bringing them food and essentials.
At Tikri Border, near Mundka, farmers go to Bahadurgarh in Haryana to get food, clothes and quilts.
Over the last few days, the protesters have faced water cannons, tear gas and police barricades.
As the protests entered the fourth day, the farmers, after a meeting on Sunday morning, said the government should have approached with "an open heart" and not put preconditions. The government's offer was rejected over fears that the protest spots the centre suggested can become jails - a concern that started after the Delhi Police sought permission from the Arvind Kejriwal government to turn stadiums to jails for protesters.
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Last Updated Nov 30, 2020, 9:58 AM IST