Union home minister Amit Shah’s request to protesting farmers to shift to Burari has been rejected by the majority of farmer unions.
Notably, the farmers want to hold their protest against the contentious farm bills recently enacted by the Centre at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, whereas the Centre wants to shift the farmers to Burari, which is located on the outskirts of Delhi.
After roads and entry points got blocked due to the protests, Amit Shah had appealed to the farmers to shift to the Burari ground. He said the Centre was ready to hold discussions with them as soon as they move to the designated place.
A delegation of the farmers has been invited for a discussion on December 3, Shah said.
Farmers’ protest enters 4th day
The farmers’ protest entered the fourth day on Sunday and so far they have braced water cannons, tear gas and police batons to continue their protest. The protesting farmers are staying put at the Singhu and Tikri border points, with farmer leaders deliberating upon their future course of action about proposed talks with the government.
“There is a crucial meeting today to decide the future course of action. We will stay put till then and decide accordingly. In any situation, we will not call off the protest till our demands are met,” Brij Singh, one of the farmers at the Singhu border said.
After a violent Friday that saw police using teargas shells, water cannons and multi-layer barriers to block the protesters and some farmers pelting stones and breaking barricades in their determination to push through as part of their ”Delhi Chalo” march, Saturday was quiet.
But the tension persisted with restless crowds milling around the city’s edges and beyond and settling down from another night out in the cold.
Punjab CM welcomes Amit Shah’s move
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has also termed Shah’s offer to hold discussions at the earliest as the best in the interest of the farming community and the nation at large. Singh had urged the farmers to accept the appeal and shift to the designated place for their protest.
The farmers have come prepared for a long haul, their vehicles loaded with rations, utensils, quilts and blankets for the cold and equipped with even charging points for their phones.
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