Amit Shah to satisfy farmer leaders this night; 14 union leaders to attend


Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 8

In an interesting development after the Bharat Bandh call, farmers’ unions announced that Home Minister Amit Shah has called them for a meeting later on Tuesday evening.

Ahead of the December 9 meeting, Home Minister Amit Shah will meet farmer leaders at 7 pm.

While the farmer leaders say they stand firm on their stance on a “yes or no” from the Central Government on the three Farm Acts, some farmers’ unions from Haryana have extended their support to the laws.

“50,000 farmers from 70,000 IPOs are supporting the three Central laws,” a letter to Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, demanding the “three Acts are not repealed”. 


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As many as 14 union leaders, including BKU chief Rakesh Tikait, will meet Amit Shah in the meeting scheduled for the evening.

Rakesh Tikait is a son of well-known late farmer leader Mahendra Singh Tikait, in the western area of Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, farmer leaders slammed the government for treating the “agitation as Punjab-centric and giving it Khalistan hues”.

“We stand firm on our stance regarding the three laws,” they said and added that Amit Shah, who was keeping conditions for talks, is now ready to talk with us.

Rakesh has contested on RLD ticket and is believed to be close to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, a reason why the meeting is being viewed with much interest.

It is a very important meeting. Farmers had been demanding a meeting with Shah for long time and it is usually seen that the Home Minister only steps in when there is some concrete in sight.

The earlier give meetings with Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal have ended inconclusively.

Sources say the Centre is ready to take back Air Ordinance and Power Bill and also the one related to the APMC Act.

Farmers, who have been agitating on the Delhi borders since November 26, had given a Bharat Bandh call between 11 am and 3 pm on Tuesday.

Farmer leaders and the Centre are scheduled to hold their next round of talks in New Delhi on December 9.

Farmers, who have been agitating on the Delhi borders since November 26, had given a Bharat Bandh call between 11 am and 3 pm on Tuesday.

Farmer leaders and the Centre are scheduled to hold their next round of talks in New Delhi on December 9.



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