Even as the center and the agitating farmers are scheduled to meet on Wednesday in continuation to work out an amicable solution, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has invited the farmers on Tuesday evening for a discussion.
Shah has called the farmers over to discuss things on the day when the protesters had called for a Bharat Bandh across the whole country.
The Home Minister’s invite came during the day when the nationwide shutdown or Bharat Bandh called by the farmers hit road and rail traffic in parts of the country. Many highways were blocked and markets remained shut, affecting supplies.
“I received a phone call. Amit Shah has called a meeting. We have been called at 7 pm,” said farmer leader Rakesh Tikait.
According to Mr. Tikait several representatives of farmer groups protesting on the highways near Delhi would attend the meeting.
Meanwhile many opposition parties, including the Congress, NCP, Aam Aadmi Party, DMK and TRS, have supported today’s protest.
Earlier, a meeting between the centre and farmers on Friday, which lasted seven hours, could not bring any desired outcome and put an end to the deadlock.
The farmer groups said they would not relent until the three contentious farm laws are scrapped completely. They demanded a complete reversal of the three new laws enacted in September. They are apprehensive that these laws will reduce their earnings and leave them at the mercy of corporates.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar, who is the negotiator from the government side, mentioned the government “has no ego” but made it clear that the government was ready to offer anything but repeal the laws.
“The government suggested an amendment in all three laws. But the farmers’ organisations unanimously said all the three laws should be repealed. The government assured that they can consider new laws on Minimum Support Price,” said Balkaran Singh Brar, a leader of All-India Kisan Sabha.
The farmers, at various meetings, have made a 39-point presentation on how the draconian laws will fail them.
Thousands of farmers are camping on highways near Delhi, blocking all the entry points into the national capital as a protest against the laws and to bring the government to the negotiating table.