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Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh At PM's House Now Ahead Of Farmer Talks

December 05, 2020 10:39 AM

New Delhi, December 5 2020
Hours before the third round of talks between the government and protesting farmers, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar are meeting at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's house, say sources, as the protests across the country intensify against the controversial agriculture laws amid growing support.

Thousands of protesters camping around Delhi-borders are insistent on the laws being repealed, and two rounds of talks this week have fallen through despite repeated assurances from the government on the minimum support price for the agricultural produce. This is the biggest farmers' protest in years and numbers continue to swell at Delhi's borders amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has affected over 96 lakh people across India.

A nationwide shutdown has been called by the protesting farmers on Tuesday (December 8). Last evening, as 40 farmers' union met at Delhi-Haryana border, they said they'll block all roads to the national capital, adding they'll also occupy all highway toll gates across the country.

Today's meeting will take place at 2 pm at Delhi's Vigyan Bhawan. Thursday's talks fell through after the farmers' representatives made a 39-point presentation on the inadequacies of the contentious new farm laws. Before the massive protest began last week, the centre had held similar discussions twice before, trying to convince farmers that new agricultural laws are meant to bring reforms.

A petition filed in the Supreme Court on Friday sought immediate removal or shifting of the protesting farmers, quoting the top court's judgment on the protests against the centre's controversial citizenship law. "Life of lakhs of people protesting at Delhi Borders is at immediate threat. If by chance this coronavirus disease takes the shape of community spread, it will cause a havoc in the country, " said the petition.
- Agencies

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