Farmers Protest 2020, Bharat Bandh Today Highlights: Home Minister Amit Shah will meet protesting farmers today at 7 PM. Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait says that the farmers have a meeting with Amit Shah in the evening. Earlier, Haryana chief minister ML Khattar met Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Delhi.
Thousands of protesters from Punjab and Haryana have been camping at borders and highways connecting Delhi. The meeting comes just a day before the Centre is scheduled to hold sixth round of talks with farmers at Vigyan Bhawan.
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Bharat Bandh has evoked mixed response with some parts of country totally unaffected by the strike. In Gujarat, protestors had blocked three highways but largest the remained unaffected. The state of Uttar Pradesh too was largely unaffected by the nationwide strike.
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The farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting against the three farm that lifted stock limits, and gave freedom to farmers to sell their produce anywhere to anyone. However, the farmers fear that this will eventually lead to shutting up of state-run mandis that offer them what they claim good prices. They also fear that the these laws are also the first step in removing the minimum support price. In the backdrop, the farmers are demanding written assurance of MSP in Farm Acts. So far, the Centre have held five round of talks with farmers but nothing has come out as yet. The Centre and farmers will meet again on December 9 for sixth round of talks to discuss all contentious provisions in Farm Acts.