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Farmers reject Centre’s offer of early talks to resolve deadlock

Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday appealed to farmers and said his government was ready to hold talks.

By Shivani | Updated: Dec 03, 2020 10:03 IST
Farmers reject Centre’s offer of early talks to resolve deadlock
Farmers gathered at the Singhu border as part of their "Delhi Chalo" protest against Centre's new farm laws, in New Delhi. (PTI)

Thousands of farmers have been camping in and outside Delhi to protest against the farm laws passed by the Centre recently. They have been marching from Punjab under the "Delhi Chalo" campaign. As the protests continued, the Central government, which looks after the national capital's law and order, offered to continue their stir at a ground in Burari after rounds of skirmishes with Delhi police.

Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday appealed to farmers and said his government was ready to hold talks. “I appeal to the protesting farmers that the Union government is ready to hold talks. The agriculture minister has invited them on December 3 for a discussion. The government is ready to deliberate on every problem and demand of farmers,” he told ANI.

However, protesting farmers have so far refused to move their demonstration to any other site. “Some of the farmers from the Tikri border had left for the Burari ground but we have called them back,” said Jaspal Singh, a farmer leader from Firozpur, who is camping at Tikri border.

Meanwhile, as the demonstrations are taking place amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Delhi government have set up a testing centre at the ground and is conducting rapid antigen tests for free of cost.

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Case registered against BKU Haryana president Gurnam Singh Chaduni in Karnal

A case has been registered against Haryana Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Gurnam Singh Chaduni for his alleged involvement in the farmers' agitation in the state in protest against the new farm laws.

First published: Nov 29, 2020 05:29 IST