A visual from the meeting at Vigyan Bhawan (Photo/ANI)
A visual from the meeting at Vigyan Bhawan (Photo/ANI)

Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal attend meeting with farmers' leaders at Vigyan Bhawan

ANI | Updated: Dec 01, 2020 16:45 IST

New Delhi [India], December 1 (ANI): The Centre on Tuesday held talks with farmers who are protesting the three farm laws. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash met with representatives of the farmers at Vigyan Bhawan here.
The centre has invited leaders of 32 farmers union for the meeting, which began in the afternoon here.
Before the commencement of the meeting, Agriculture minister Tomar told mediapersons, "Som Parkash ji, Piyush Goyal ji and I will be present in the meeting. The options which we will offer to them will depend on the exact demands which they present."
Naresh Tikait, president Bharatiya Kisan Union who is leading farmers' protest at Ghazipur-Ghaziabad (Delhi-UP) border said, "Government has called the Punjab delegation at 3 pm. Later, the government will hold meeting with delegations from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Delhi at 7 pm today. We all want final decision on the matter."
Ahead of the meeting with the farmer leaders, several Union Cabinet Ministers held meeting at the residence of BJP President JP Nadda. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar attended the meeting.
Sources said that for the past two days, the ministers have worked the phone lines and there have been backchannel talks to find a way forward. They said various leaders from states who gave had a good rapport with the leadership of agitating farmers were also contacted.
PM Narendra Modi had lauded the new agriculture reform laws in his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on Sunday and blamed opposition-peddled "rumours" and "propaganda" for the farmers' unrest in and at the borders of the national capital.
At the Delhi border points, including Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur, heavy police force have been deployed.
This comes as farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The farmers are demanding a withdrawal of the laws that were passed in the Monsoon session of the Parliament. (ANI)