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Before 3 pm talk with farmers, Union ministers meet to discuss protests and demands | India News


NEW DELHI: Ahead of meeting with farmer leaders at 3pm today, amid protests against recent farm laws, several Union cabinet ministers will meet Tuesday at the residence of BJP President JP Nadda.
Union Interior Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar arrived at Nadda’s residence for a meeting to discuss the ongoing farmers’ protest ahead of a key meeting later today.
Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways, is also expected to join the meeting.
Tomar, speaking to reporters here, said that all farmers’ organizations have been summoned to a meeting at 3 pm and reiterated that the central government is ready for discussions.
“Peasant leaders have been invited to the talks today at 3 pm. The government is always ready for talks. We cannot have discussions on the road. Let them come and sit on the other side of the table,” Tomar said.
Previously, several meetings were held between cabinet ministers and BJP President JP Nadda on the farmers’ protest.
According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been receiving comments from high-level ministers, including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Narendra Singh Tomar.
Rajnath Singh, who has managed the agriculture portfolio before, learns to be in contact with farmer leaders to find a solution to the situation.
Tomar had previously said that the talks will take place on December 3, but Shah had offered to hold them earlier and urged farmers to move to the Nirankari Samagam field in the Burari area, the site marked for their protest.
Sources said that for the past two days, ministers have worked the phone lines and there have been secondary channel conversations to find a way forward. They said that several leaders of the states who gave had a good relationship with the leadership of the farmer agitators were also contacted.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the new farm reform laws on his’ Mann Ki Baat ‘show on Sunday and blamed “rumors” and “propaganda” from the opposition for the farmers’ riots in and around the borders of the national capital.
This comes as farmers in Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against the Agricultural Products Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and the Agricultural Services Act. 2020 and the Essential Products (Amendment) Act 2020.

Times of India