Farmers reject Amit Shah’s offer, want to hold protests at Jantar Mantar
Majority of farmer unions have decided to reject union home minister Amit Shah’s offer to shift the ongoing protests to a designated site in Burari which is located on the outskirts of Delhi. After conducting a meeting this morning, the farmers decided they want to hold the protests at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.
After spending another night in cold, thousands of farmers continued to protest against the Centre’s new agriculture laws on the fourth consecutive day on Sunday staying put at the Singhu and Tikri border points, with farmer leaders deliberating upon their future course of action about proposed talks with the government.
With many roads and entry points being blocked, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had appealed to the farmers to shift to the Burari ground and said the Centre was ready to hold discussions with them as soon as they move to the designated place.
A delegation of the farmers has been invited for a discussion on December 3, he said, adding that now that some of their unions have demanded that talks be held immediately, the central government is ready to do so as soon as the protesters shift to the ground in Burari.
“There is a crucial meeting today to decide future course of action. We will stay put till then and decide accordingly. In any situation, we will not call off the protest till our demands are met,” Brij Singh, one of the farmers at Singhu border said.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has also termed Shah’s offer to hold discussions at the earliest as the best in the interest of the farming community and the nation at large.
On Saturday, he had urged the farmers to accept the appeal and shift to the designated place for their protest.
The farmers have come prepared for a long haul, their vehicles loaded with rations, utensils, quilts and blankets for the cold and equipped with even charging points for their phones.
After a restive Friday that saw police using teargas shells, water cannons and multi-layer barriers to block the protesters and some farmers pelting stones and breaking barricades in their determination to push through as part of their ”Delhi Chalo” march, Saturday was quiet.
But the tension persisted with restless crowds milling around the city’s edges and beyond and settling down from another night out in the cold.