Farmers Protest Today Highlights: The Centre was holding talks with the leaders of 32 farmer unions that have been protesting against the farm laws enacted recently by Parliament. From the Centre, the talk is being led by agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal. Ahead of the meeting, Home Minister Amit Shah, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met at the residence of BJP President JP Nadda. The meeting was also attended by railways minister Piyush Goyal.
Earlier, the Punjab Kisan Sangharsh Committee had refused to attend the meeting unless all the protesting groups were invited for the talks. “There are more than 500 groups of farmers in the country, but the Government has invited only 32 groups for talks. The rest haven’t been called by the government. We won’t be going for talks till all groups are called,” said Sukhvinder S Sabhran, Joint Secretary, Punjab Kisan Sangharsh Committee-Delhi.
Farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws and want the acts either withdrawn or minimum support price guaranteed in the laws. The Centre has said that it hasn’t touched MSP and that they should not protest for something which has not really happened. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the farmers were being misled by opposition parties and that the protests were based on ‘rumours’ that MSP would be taken away in the future.