SunstarTV Bureau: Protesting farmers’ unions rejected the Center’s talks offer, stating they were insulted and captivated by the Police at Burari, on Sunday.
Farmers said they were ready for discussions but not at the government’s condition of first moving to the designated protest site at Burari in the Capital.
The groups, gathered on the Delhi-Haryana border, have aimed to intensify the protests and called for all-India mobilisation of farmers for state-level protests across the country on December 1 to press key demands, including legal guarantee to procurement of farm produce at minimum support price (MSP) and repeal of the newly-enacted central farm laws.
The farmers are protesting against the three laws center has put forward for farmers; The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 as well as the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.
“The condition put forward for talks is an insult to farmers. We have decided that we will never go to Burari ground as we got proof that it is an open jail. Instead of going to an open jail, we have decided to ‘gherao’ (encircle) Delhi by blocking five main entry points to the city,” said Surjeet Singh Phul, Punjab president of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Krantikari).
Asked how long they will be on the roads, Phul said, “We have got four months of ration with us. So, nothing to worry about.”
Farmers stay put at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) as their protest against the Central Government’s Farm laws continues. pic.twitter.com/XKUHQs3hDO
— ANI (@ANI) November 30, 2020