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Amit Shah meets Agriculture Minister amid stir by farmers to block Delhi

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As the farmers’ agitation continues several days threatening to block Delhi, the Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday met Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar for the second time in less than 24 hours.

The protesting farmers spurned the center’s proposal to hold early talks and to shift their protesting venue.

On Saturday Amit Shah said the government was ready to talk on “every problem and demand” if they agree to shift their venue to another site.       

After a meeting on Sunday, the farmers did not agree and turned down the government’s proposal for early talks, and said they should have approached with “an open heart”. They said the centre shouldn’t have put preconditions.

Last night, the Home Minister met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Mr. Tomar at BJP chief JP Nadda’s Delhi house, revealed sources. Due to the widespread and swelling protests by the farmers, the top BJP leaders held discussions to eke out a solution and ways to pacify the protests by thousands of farmers that began last week. The meeting was convened as the protesters threatened to block five entry points to Delhi. It reportedly went on for over two hours.     

The protesters who locked horns with the police in the last few days and waded through water cannons, tear gas and police barricades, have threatened to block the roads to Delhi from five entry points: Sonipat, Rohtak, Jaipur, Ghaziabad-Hapur, and Mathura.

The situation has compelled the Delhi Police this morning to appeal to the commuters to take alternate routes as key roads near borders with neighbouring Haryana have stayed closed.

The gridlock between the farmers and the central government doesn’t seem to be heading towards any direction as on Monday. Highways leading to Delhi are blocked with commuters having to face difficulties to reach their destination. The irked farmers’ associations want the contentious farms bills passed by the government be obliterated with immediate effect.

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