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Farmers’ Protest Day 7: Talks With Govt Inconclusive, Agitators To Stay Put At Delhi Borders

The protest and the blockade continued for the 7th straight day across the borders of national capital. Farmers  on the Delhi-UP border (Ghazipur-Ghaziabad) pushed barricades and removed it this morning.

 

Delhi| The government’s attempt to persuade farmers agitating on the Delhi-Haryana border for 7 days in protest against agricultural laws failed on Tuesday. The 3-hour interaction of 35 farmer organizations leaders with the government was inconclusive. At the meeting, the government kept presenting the laws and counting the benefits, but the farmers remained adamant on the demand to withdraw the three laws.

Apart from Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Somprakash were present in the meeting. The trio will meet Home Minister Amit Shah today. The government will meet again on December 3 with the farmers.

What happened in Tuesday’s meeting?

3:45 pm:  Meeting begins. At 4 PM, tea was offered to the farmer leaders by the government, but they refused to take the tea. Instead the farmers’ leaders asked the govt to fulfill their demands. They said if the govt agrees to their demand they will feed them Jalebi at the protest site.

4.15 pm: Agriculture Minister asks objections from farmers. Farmer leader Dr. Darshan Pal demanded the repeal of the three laws and the guarantee of MSP. On this, Piyush Goyal said that the delegation has prepared a PPT on all three bills and MSP. He asked them to watch the Presentation first and then present the doubts.

5.15 pm: Union Minister of State Somprakash said that these three laws are for the benefit of the farmers. However, farmers said that their land will be taken over by big corporates. “These laws are death warrants for farmers,” they said.

6.45 pm: Farmer leaders said the agitation will continue until a decision is made. After this Tomar said that he will meet again on December 3.

Day 7 of Farmers’ Protest

The protest and the blockade continued for the 7th straight day across the borders of national capital. Farmers  on the Delhi-UP border (Ghazipur-Ghaziabad) pushed barricades and removed it this morning.

The police has completely closed the Tikri border of Delhi-Haryana as well as Jharoda and Jhatikara border today. The Badosarai border has only permitted for a two-wheeler movement.

In view of the farmers’ agitation, the Northern Railway has cancelled the Ajmer-Amritsar Express Special Train (09613) today. Amritsar-Ajmer Express Special Train (09612) and Amritsar-Dibrugarh Special Train (05212) will remain cancelled on Thursday. Bhatinda-Varanasi Express Special Train (04998/04997) will remain cancelled till further orders.

Nanded-Amritsar Express (02715) will run till Delhi today and Bandra-Amritsar Express (02925) to Chandigarh. The routes of Amritsar-Jayanagar Express (04650/74) and Durg-Jammu Tawi (08215) Express have been diverted.

Support pours in from Maharashtra

Farmers’ organizations in Maharashtra, supporting the movement, have said that the government should address concerns related to agricultural laws by December 3. If this does not happen, they will travel to Delhi.

Flour, rice and ghee being given from every house in Punjab for the movement

For two months in Punjab and now for seven days, the farmers who have been protesting on the Delhi border. To take care of their food needs, every farmer family in Punjab is contributing. Most of the pucca dharnas in Punjab have been converted into collection centers these days. Even 70-year-old women are reaching out by carrying bags of flour, rice, pulses on their heads.

Flour, pulses, ghee, fruits, vegetables and milk etc. are being transported first from every house to the collection center and then to Delhi.

Farmer groups have formed teams in villages to ensure that the supply chain of ration is not broken till Delhi. Even before travelling to Delhi, the farmer groups had made it clear that on they would take four months’ rations with them. Everyday goods are being collected from the villages and transported to the protest site as per requirement.

A truck filled with food was sent from Hoshiarpur

Apart from food items, clothes, blankets, disposals are being sent from the village Rajpur Bhaiyan of Hoshiarpur. The villagers say that as long as the movement goes, there will be no shortage of anything.

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