Farmers protests: union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Narendra Singh Tomar meet at the residence of the head of the BJP, Nadda
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Interior Minister Amit Shah and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar met Sunday at the residence of BJP chief Jagat Prakash Nadda to discuss farmers’ protests in course on the border between Delhi and Haryana.
Interior Minister Amit Shah, who was visiting Hyderabad to increase BJP’s chances ahead of the Greater Hyderabad municipal elections, returned to Delhi on Sunday night. Earlier on Saturday he had asked protesting farmers to withdraw their protests and hold talks with the Center about their complaints.
The farmers rejected Shah’s offer and said they will only talk to the government if there are no preconditions. On Saturday, the government told the agitating farmers that they will hold discussions if they move their protest to a DDA field in Burari. The group of farmers rejected the proposal and stressed that the Interior Ministry should not hold discussions on agricultural issues.
All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee Leader Darshan Pal told HT that the Interior Ministry has no role to play in talks on the issues facing farmers. He said: “We have rejected the offer to speak with the Ministry of the Interior. The Interior Ministry has nothing to do with farmers or agriculture. “
Bharatiya Kisan Union Krantikari-wing President Surjeet S Phul also told ANI that they will continue to block the five entry points to the capital city and called the Center’s designated protest site an “open-air” prison. Phul said: “Instead of going to open the jail in Burari, we have decided that we will go to Delhi blocking five main entry points to Delhi. We have a 4-month ration with us, so there’s nothing to worry about. “