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Amit Shah appeals to farmers as crisis persists

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Interior Minister Amit Shah approached protesting farmers on Saturday, asking them to move their demonstration to the designated location in Delhi’s Burari and saying the government was ready to hold talks with its leaders ahead of the scheduled date for the December 3. Amarinder Singh said he was ready to join the Center’s efforts to solve the problem and urged farmers to accept the interior minister’s offer for talks.

The statements come after thousands of peasants went ahead with their protest on the roads on the outskirts of the Capital. The police detained Uttar Pradesh farmers on the Ghazipur border as they tried to join their counterparts from Punjab and Haryana.

Only a few hundred farmers moved the protest to the Sant Nirankari Ground in Burari, outside Delhi, on Saturday, and thousands more continued to block two main roads on the Singhu and Tikri borders, which connect the capital with Haryana.

As the standoff continued, Shah urged them to move to the Burari farm, saying the government wanted to discuss the issues during a meeting called by the agriculture minister on December 3 and was ready to “hear their complaints.” “If the farmers unions want to have a discussion before December 3, then I want to assure them that as soon as they move their protest to the designated place, our government will hold talks to address their concerns the next day,” Shah said.

Farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana traveling in their tractor-carts, were allowed into Delhi on Friday after defying a day of clashes with police, who used tear gas, water cannons and batons to make them. back. “We intend to block Delhi on all sides so that the government suffocates and listens to our demands. For us, protesting in Burari would have been practically like being imprisoned in an open field, ”said Purushottam Singh, head of the Lakhua unit of the Bhartiya Kisan Union.

Police personnel barricaded both border points on Saturday. “There is no confrontation since Friday, but the barricades will remain closed …” said A Koan, DCP (outer district).

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