Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is meeting Uttar Pradesh farmer leaders to discuss the farm laws and farmers issues at the Vidhan Sabha in New Delhi on Sunday.
Along with Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh, Delhi Tourism Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot are also attending the meeting.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said that his appeal to the farmers on being ready to sacrifice their standing crops should not be taken literally. Tikait’s statements came after a farmer in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh destroyed half his wheat crop in support of the farmers’ protest.
Tikait also said that West Bengal farmers are facing troubles. “We will travel the nation. We will also travel to West Bengal as farmers there are facing problems. They are not getting good rates for their crops,” he said.
Recently, Tikait was denied permission to hold a rally in Maharashtra due to rising Covid-19 cases. Tikait said that a lockdown and Section 144 has been imposed in certain districts of Maharashtra due to rising Covid-19 cases. Therefore, he was not permitted to hold a rally in the state. He said that farmers’ would continue to protest at the borders of the national capital.
Meanwhile, since the Republic Day violence, the central government and the farmer leaders have not held a discussion regarding the three contentious farm laws. On Saturday, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure urgent resolution of ongoing farmers’ protest to “the satisfaction of the protesting farmers” and address their issues. Though the Prime Minister said that the government is open to negotiations, no meetings have taken place. While the farmers want the three laws repealed, the government said it would suspend the farm laws for one-and-a-half years.