Ahead of the fifth round of talks with the agitating farmers, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar are reportedly conducting a meeting at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s house. According to reports, the meeting hints that the Centre may consider amending the new farm laws.
As per reports, PM Modi is likely to brief the controversial farm law changes at the first meeting at his house.
Today at 2 pm, the farmer leaders will meet the government officials, including the agriculture minister. On Thursday’s talk, the farmers’ representatives made a 39-point presentation on the flaws of the contentious new farm laws.
Besides, on Friday, a plea was filed in the Supreme Court demanding immediate removal or shifting of the agitating farmers, quoting the SC’s judgment on the protests against the controversial Centre’s citizenship law. “Life of lakhs of people protesting at Delhi Borders is at immediate threat. If, by chance, this coronavirus disease takes the shape of community spread, it will cause havoc in the country.”
The farmers have announced Bharath bandh on December 8 and warned to intensify their agitation by blocking more roads leading to Delhi if the contentious farm laws are not withdrawn.
Meanwhile, Rampal Singh, Kisan Sanyukt Morcha, said that the farmers would not continue talks with the government every day. Today, during the meeting with the government, we will only talk about the scrapping of the three farm laws, he stressed.
According to various reports, the government was willing to give farmers a written assurance on the Minimum Support Price system’s continuance and procurement manner to farmers.
Reportedly, the Kisan Mahapanchayat has threatened to conduct a march along the NH 8 and camp at Jantar Mantar if today’s talk outcome with the government is not positive. Rampal Jat, president of Kisan Mahapanchayat, said, “The government should announce to withdraw the three black laws and give in writing that MSP will continue. If any positive result doesn’t come out of today’s talks, farmers from Rajasthan will march along NH-8 towards Delhi and camp at Jantar Mantar.”
Amidst the pandemic, this is the biggest farmers’ protest in years, and numbers continue to increase at Delhi’s borders.