The meeting on Thursday between three union ministers and a representative group of thousands of agitating farmers could not bring about a resolution, as the union leaders remained steadfast on their demand for the repeal of the new farm laws and even refused the lunch, tea, and water offered to them. The whole meeting extended for eight hours with intermittent breaks.
The government, however, assured the 40 leaders of various farmers’ associations to address their concerns. On the other hand the farmer leaders pointed out several loopholes and deficiencies in the laws, which they said were passed hastily in September.
According to tweets by the Agriculture Ministry the doubts of farmers were addressed by Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. He is the one who is heading the government side at the talks.
Narendra Singh Tomar told reporters that the next meeting will take place on Saturday at 2 pm.
All entry points to Delhi have been blocked by the agitating farmers coming from Punjab, Haryana, UP, Rajasthan and other neighboring states. The entry to Delhi from the Delhi-Meerut Expressway has been blocked by farmers from different parts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand as they continue their sit-in. Another key route in east Delhi, connecting the capital to Noida, too has been partially closed for the fourth straight day to the protests. The DND flyway and the Sarita Vihar road are the alternate routes to Noida that are open.
To deliberate on the follow-up actions after Thursday’s meeting with the government failed, 40 farmer leaders are holding a meeting at one of the Delhi-Haryana borders. There seems to be no end to the deadlock over the contentious new farm laws. The several hours meeting between the Centre and farmers on Thursday did not succeed to end the deadlock. The farmers won’t relent on anything less than scrapping of the contentious laws, if the agitation has to end.