Centre Calls For Talks, Farmers Say ‘No Talks Till All 500 Groups Are Called’

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Centre Calls For Talks, Farmers Say ‘No Talks Till
The farmers protest against the Centre’s farm laws at the Delhi borders continued for the sixth day, amid severe cold and the threat of COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, late Monday night, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar invited the leaders of agitating farmers organisations for talks on Tuesday, two days ahead of the scheduled meet, citing Coronavirus and cold.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that we have invited the farmer leaders before the December 3 scheduled date in view of “the cold and COVID” at Vigyan Bhavan in the national capital on December 1 at 3 pm. All the farmer leaders involved in the meeting held on November 13 have been invited this time, the minister said.

Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Aggarwal has written a letter to the representatives of 32 farmer unions and invited them for discussion on December 1. The organisations include the Revolutionary Kisan Union, Jammuhari Kisan Sabha, Bharatiya Kisan Sabha (Dakuda), Kul Hind Kisan Sabha and Punjab Kisan Union.

But the farmer leaders have also expressed reservations about the meeting called by the Agriculture Minister. Punjab Kisan Sangharsh Committee Joint Secretary Sukhwinder S Sabran said: “there are more than 500 groups of farmers in the country, but the government has invited only 32 groups for talks. The rest haven't been called. We won't be going for talks till all groups are called”.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday morning, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi once again targeted the Centre. He tweeted, “the food growers is sitting in protest on the roads and fields and speeches are being given on TV. We all are indebted to the hard work of farmers. This debt will be over only by giving them justice and their rights, and not by mistreating them or by beating them with batons or using tear gas against them”. He also asked the government to wake up and shed “arrogance” to give agitating farmers their rights.

Farmers have set camps at the borders of the capital and are not ready to budge and now they are preparing to seal the 5 entry points of Delhi. The farmers clearly say that they have come to Delhi for a decisive battle and their protests will continue till the demands are met.

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