Sagarmediainc :9 Dec 2020 :updated 1.35 PM
Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bharatiya Kisan Union: “We’ll strategise in our meeting and discuss their (Centre) proposal. Farmers won’t go back, it’s a matter of their respect. Will Govt not withdraw laws? Will there be tyranny? If Govt is stubborn, so are farmers. Law has to be withdrawn.”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah sprung up a surprise on the agitating farmers by scheduling a meeting between him and 13 leaders representing various farmers organisations to discuss their demands, the top-most among them been the complete repeal of the three farm laws that the farmers have dubbed ‘Black Acts’.
While the meeting between Shah and the 13 farmers leaders lasted for almost 120 minutes on the evening of December 8 in a cordial atmosphere at the international guest house at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in New Delhi, it failed to resolve the deadlock between the two sides with both sides remaining firm on their respective decisions.
Is this presondition to meet HM ?
If the writing is on amendment, our position is very clear. If it’s on repeal of the Bill, only then can we take note of it & consider. That meeting (today’s meeting with Centre) is cancelled. If letter comes & we consider it positive, meeting can be held tomorrow:Hannan Mollah
Farmers’ Union four hours long meeting with HM Amit Shah ended inconclusive
A day before the government’s crucial sixth round of talks with representatives of protesting farmers, Home Minister Amit Shah met a select group of union leaders.
Sources said 13 farmer leaders were called for the meeting, which began after 8 p.m. The farmer leaders included eight from Punjab and five from various nationwide organisations.
Sources said the participating leaders included Hannan Mollah of the All India Kisan Sabha and Rakesh Tikait of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU).
Some farmer leaders said they first expected the meeting to take place at Mr. Shah’s residence in New Delhi, but the venue was shifted to the Pusa area.
The meeting assumes significance as farmer leaders have been firm on their demand for repeal of three new farm laws enacted in September, which they claim will benefit corporates and end the mandi system and the minimum support price (MSP) regime.
“We will demand just a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ from Home Minister Amit Shah,” farmer leader Rudru Singh Mansa told reporters earlier in the day at the Singhu border where thousands of farmers have been protesting for the last 12 days.