BJP’s second in Command and Indian union Minsiter Amit Shah said: “I appeal to the protesting farmers that the government of India is ready to hold talks.
Shah’s statement came as thousands of farmers continued to hold protests at the Tikri and Singhu interstate borders on Saturday.
Earlier BJP union Agriculture Minister has invited farmers on December 3 to hold discussion. Government is ready to deliberate on every problem and demand of the farmers.”
He added that at many places – state highways and national highways – farmers are staying with their tractors and trolley and braving extreme cold weather.
“I appeal to all farmers that the Delhi Police is ready to shift you to a big ground, please go there. You will get police permission to hold your programme there,” added Shah.
Due to Delhi siege and mounting International pressure The Union Home Minister offered health facilities, ambulances and drinking water have been made available along with adequate security arrangements at the Nirankari ground in Burari in Outer Delhi.
Shah added that if the farmer unions want talks with the government before December 3, they have to shift to the grounds at Burari to hold their protest in a structured manner.
Earlier when innocent farmers been beaten by Ruling establishment with police force has evoked strong criticism across social media
“As soon as you shift to Burari, the very next next day the Central government is ready to have talks with you,” added the Home Minister.
Responding to the offer, Jagjit Singh, Punjab president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), said, “Amit Shahji has called for an early meeting on a condition.
It’s not good. He should have offered talks with an open heart without any condition. We’ll hold a meeting tomorrow (Sunday) morning to decide our response.”
It remains to be seen whether discussions among farm leaders over the offer will result in a thaw.
Shah, meanwhile, will be away most of Sunday in Hyderabad campaigning for the civic elections.
Earlier in the day, Kishan Ekta group members, who were protesting at the Tikri border said they could sit in protest for six months if their demands were not fulfilled.
“We have arrangements for food and other things for the next six months. We can easily sit here in protest for months if our demands are not met,” said the group which came from Fatehabad.
The call for negotiation by the centre has come after the agitating farmers said they were not willing to end their protest as they don’t have faith in the government.