Farmer leaders from Uttar Pradesh arrive at Delhi Vidhan Sabha for a meeting with Kejriwal
Farmer leaders from Uttar Pradesh arrive at Delhi Vidhan Sabha for a meeting with Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday met a group of protesting farmers from Uttar Pradesh at the Vidhan Sabha to discuss the three contentious Central agricultural laws.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief met the farm leaders for lunch to dicuss the the new laws among other issues. There was, however, no clarity on the names of farm leaders, and the unions they belong to.

At least two ministers of Delhi government - Kailash Gehlot and Rajendra Pal Gautam - were present in the meeting.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting at Delhi border under the banner of Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) for nearly three months now against the three agricultural laws enacted by the Centre in September last year.

Earlier this month, a delegation of SKM leaders had met Kejriwal, urging him for a judicial enquiry into the alleged "conspiracy" against the protesting farmers.

Kejriwal had said his government will help trace the farmers who have been missing since the violence on January 26 during a tractor parade by the protesting farmers, and asserted that if needed, he will approach the Lieutenant Governor and the Centre in this regard.

Kejriwal had also visited one of the protest sites at Singhu border in December and challenged the Centre to have an open debate with them in the three laws.

The AAP government has extended full support to the protesting farmers.

Kejriwal in a gesture of his party's support had torn the copies of farm laws in Delhi Assembly in December last year.

Farmers mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are camping at the border points of Delhi including at Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri, and have been demanding the Centre scrap the farm laws and ensure legal guarantee for MSP purchase of crops.

The stalemate over the issue continues despite 11 rounds of talks between farmer leaders and the Central government.

(With PTI inputs)

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