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‘Ready to talk’: As angry farmers camp at Delhi borders, Home Minister Amit Shah reaches out

Amit Shah has urged the agitating farmers to reach the place designated by the Delhi Police. He said that the Government of India will talk to them there.

Appealing to the people to vote for the BJP, Shah said if the party comes to power again, Assam will be "bullet-free, agitation-free and flood-free".

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday reached out the protesting farmers and said that the Narendra Modi government was ready to discuss every single issue. Talking to news agency ANI, Shah urged the agitating farmers to reach the place designated by the Delhi Police. He said that the Government of India will talk to them there. He said that the farmers can continue their protest in a democratic manner. However, he added that the commuters of Delhi should not face any trouble.

After the intense faceoff, the Delhi Police had allowed the farmers to enter Delhi from the Tikri Border. The Nirankari Samagam Grounds in North Delhi has been designated as the protest site for the farmers. However, the farmers say that it would not help in bringing the Centre’s attention towards their plight. On Saturday, despite repeated appeals, the farmers refused to move from the Singhu border. “Shift to the designated site,” Shah said asking the farmer Unions to vacate the border areas.

What started as a march essentially by the farmers from Punjab has now turned into a mega protest with many joining from Uttar Pradesh and other states. On Saturday, chaotic scenes were witnessed at Singhu and Tikri border areas as farmers refused to leave. A PTI report said that some students were also seen joining the farmers. Many view Shah’s statement as a victory for farmers. While there still persists confusion among them as to what to do next, the fact remains, they won’t go away from Delhi anytime soon. Several TV reports suggested that the farmers were carrying provisions fit for the long haul.

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