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Centre ready to talk with agitating farmers: Amit Shah asks protestors to move to designated venue

Reiterating that Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has invited farmers for a discussion on the new farm laws on December 3, Home Minister Amit Shah appealed to the protesting farmers to move to the designated venue for demonstrations- Burari ground.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah appealed to the farmers to halt their agitation, adding that the government of India is ready to hold talks. Saturday marked the second day of a massive agitation by farmers from Punjab and Haryana to protest against the Centre’s new farm laws.
“I appeal to the protesting farmers that government of India is ready to hold talks. Agriculture Minister [Narendra Singh Tomar] has invited them on December 3 for discussion. Government is ready to deliberate on every problem and demand of the farmers,” Amit Shah said.
The Home Minister went on to add, “If farmers’ unions want to hold a discussion before December 3, then, I want to assure you all that as soon as you shift your protest to the designated place, our government will hold talks to address your concerns the very next day.”
On Friday, the Delhi Police granted farmers’ permission to gather at the Burari ground and stage demonstrations. However, a number of farmer leaders said that protestors wish to stage a demonstration at the Jantar Mantar in Delhi and not the designated protest venue.
“At many places, farmers are staying with their tractors and trollies on highways in this cold. I appeal to them that Delhi Police are ready to shift you to big ground, please go there. You will be given police permission to hold programmes there,” Union Minister Amit Shah went on to add.
The Home Minister’s appeal came three days after farmers clashed with security agencies in parts of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh while trying to enter Delhi. Farmer unions had called for a ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest march to demand the central government’s attention and withdrawal of the Centre’s new farm laws.
Farmer leaders to meet at 9 am tomorrow to decide on Amit Shah’s plea
Reacting to Amit Shah’s appeal, Bharatiya Kisan Union’s Punjab unit said a meeting will be held on Sunday at 9 am to decide on their response to the home minister’s plea.
“Amit Shah ji has called for early meeting on a condition, it’s not good. He should’ve offered talks with open heart without condition. We will hold meeting tomorrow morning to decide our response,” Jagjit Singh, Bharatiya Kisan Union’s Punjab president, at Delhi’s Singhu border
Punjab CM urges farmers to reciprocate Amit Shah’s appeal
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has urged farmers to reciprocate Amit Shah’s gesture by accepting his appeal.
“Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has urged farmers to reciprocate the Union Home Minister’s gesture by accepting his appeal to shift to a designated place, thus paving the way for early talks to resolve their issues,” a statement from Punjab Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said, according to ANI report.
Amarinder Singh on Saturday said that he will not speak to Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar until he seeks an apology for “inflicting brutality” on farmers marching to Delhi.
Earlier, Khattar had accused the Punjab CM of “only tweeting and running away from talks” with him on the issue.
Amarinder Singh said there is no way he would talk to Khattar again–“neighbour or no neighbour”–after Haryana’s use of water cannons and teargas shells against farmers.
Singh said if he could talk to the prime minister and the Union home minister so many times on the farmers’ issue, why would he have not taken calls from a neighbouring chief minister if he had truly called earlier.

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