After high-level hurdle, government reaches out, invites farmers for talks today
In a fresh effort to break the deadlock with farmers' organizations agitating against the new farm laws, the Centre has invited them for talks on Tuesday. The invitation from agriculture minister Narendra Sing Tomar came after consultations among senior BJP leaders over ways to reach farmers' leaders in order to end the stalemate. Home minister Amit Shah reached out afresh to farmer leaders two days after he spoke to BKU (Ekth Ugrahan) president Joginder Sing Ugrahan. BKU (Ekta Dakaunda) president Buta Singh Burjgill received a call from Shah asking farm organizations to begin talks with no conditions. Burjgill said the organizations were waiting for a formal written invitation. Earlier in the day, addressing the media at Delhi's Singhu border, farmers' leaders refused to go back, clarified that their bedamds were "non-negotiable" and , responding to PM Narendra Modi's comments, said their " mann ki baat" should also be heard. BJP leaders have been deliberating the issue and Shah, defence minister Rajanth Singh, agriculture minister Tomar meeting party prresident J P Nadda had met on Sunday evening with the discussion centering around how to convince farm leaders that neither mandis nor MSP were being dismantled. AJP kleader said the party could have a frank dialogue with farm unions but the matter had got politicized as the Punjab government and opposition parties were fanning the stir. BJP sources, however, made it clear that the government was not willing to roll back reforms and this was reflected in the PM's strong advocacy of the new laws on Monday.