‘We brought our own food’, say farmer leaders, rejecting food or tea offered by government at Vigyan Bhawan meeting
A delegation of 40 farmers arrived in Vigyan Bhavan early in the day for their second round of deliberations with the Center amid ongoing ‘Dilli Chalo’ protests, which began on the eighth day Thursday.
Updated: December 3, 2020 at 4:10 PM IST
Peasant leaders who went to Vigyan Bhawan on Thursday for their crucial meeting with the Center on the new agricultural laws are not accepting food or tea offered by the government, one leader told ANI. A video has also emerged of farmer leaders sharing food they brought with them. The video shows that union leaders came prepared for lunch, with boxes full of food and paper plates to distribute so they don’t have to accept government hospitality.
A delegation of 40 farmers arrived in Vigyan Bhawan early in the day for their second round of deliberations with the Center amid ongoing ‘Dilli Chalo’ protests, which began on the eighth day Thursday. Agitated farmers previously said they had come to Delhi for the protest with enough food grains in stock to sustain them for months, hinting that they will not budge unless their demands are met.
The first meeting was held on Tuesday to end the current stalemate due to the ongoing protest of thousands of farmers in Delhi and on the borders of the capital city. It did not materialize because the farmers ‘representatives rejected the Center’s proposal to create a committee that will deal with the farmers’ issue. On Wednesday, the Union Interior Minister Amit Shah met with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Rail Minister Piyush Goyal to discuss the issue.
Before today’s Vigyan Bhawan meeting, Amit Shah also met with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who asked Shah to resolve the issue as soon as possible. “There is a discussion between the farmers and the Center, I have nothing to resolve. I reiterated my opposition in my meeting with the Interior Minister and asked him to resolve the issue as it affects the economy of my state and the security of the nation, “said Amarinder Sinh after the meeting.
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