The Centre has called farmers for talks today, three days ahead of the scheduled date of December 3, as hundreds of farmers trickled in from Punjab at two borders of Delhi. Making the announcement, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar cited cold and coronavirus. There was no precondition. The protesters have threatened to block five entry points to Delhi. Earlier on Monday, Union minister Amit Shah met Mr Tomar — the second meet within 24 hours — after protesting farmers rejected the proposal of early talks that hinged on them shifting their protest venue.
“On November 13, we had decided we will meet on December 3, but farmers are in a mood to protest,” Union minister Narendra Tomar said. “It is cold and there is coronavirus. Hence we invite the kisan union heads to Vigyan Bhawan on December 1 at 3 pm. We request you to leave the protest and find a solution through discussion,” he added.
Over the last six days, thousands of farmers, braving water cannons, tear gas and barricades of the Haryana police, have reached the borders of Delhi. While some of them have managed to enter the city, the rest are sitting at the border areas, saying they are ready to do what it takes to see the end of the three farm laws passed by parliament earlier this year.
Here are the live updates of the farmers’ protest:
Delhi Police has filed a case against unknown persons after violence at Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border on Friday saw a group of farmers – among thousands who have marched to the city to protest the farm laws – try to force their way past barricades and into the national capital.The police have listed rioting and damage to government property among the charges, as well as injuries sustained by at least three policemen, one of whom was allegedly attacked by a sword
The khaps — community organisations — of Haryana have unanimously decided to support the farmers’ protest. The decision was taken at a meeting of the chiefs of 30 khaps in Rohtak. Their representatives, under the banner of “sarv khap”, said they would gather tomorrow and proceed towards Delhi to join the protesters. Delhi’s Palam khap had also taken part in the meeting. Read Here
Security personnel continue to guard Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) as farmers’ protest against Central Government’s Farm laws continues. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has invited the leaders of farmer unions, for talks, at 3 pm on December 1 at Vigyan Bhavan.