Senior ministers hold meet as farmers reject Amit Shah’s appeal

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Farmers blocking railway tracks in protest against the farm laws (File Photo, Image credit: The Indian Express)
Farmers blocking railway tracks in protest against the farm laws (File Photo, Image credit: The Indian Express)

Even as the agitating farmers continue to blockade five points on the Haryana-Delhi border three senior Union ministers met for two hours at the house of BJP president J P Nadda late on Sunday evening.

Though nothing concrete could be known about this high-level meeting it is said that the Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar discussed the issues arising out of the farmers’ agitation which had entered the fifth day on Monday.  

The farmers on Sunday had already rejected the appeal made by Amit Shah late on Saturday to move to Nirankari Ground at Burari in the outskirts of Delhi. They insisted that they be allowed to assemble in Jantar Mantar or Ram Lila grounds as Nirankari Ground is nothing less than an open jail.

As a large number of farmers are Sikhs from Punjab, they are busy celebrating the Guru Nanak Jayanti on November 30. They have vowed to peacefully carry the message of Guru Nanak and said that some elements are trying to disturb their agitation. Their leaders cautioned the farmers from such mischievous elements.

Earlier on Sunday, thirty farmer organisations unanimously rejected the appeal made by Amit Shah to shift to Burari and hold talks on December 3.

According to the leader of Swaraj India, Yogendra Yadav, the farmers are in no mood to hold conditional talks with the government and they see in the government appeal a design to distract their attention. Meanwhile the manner in which Amit Shah held meeting late on Sunday after hectic day-long visit to Hyderabad where he garnered support for the BJP in the Municipal Corporation poll, indicates that the government is certainly under pressure to solve this issue. But at the same time, it is in no mood to give signal that it is surrendering.

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