Over seven months after protests began, Union Agriculture Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged farmers to end their agitation. The Centre, he reiterated, was open to discussing any provision in the contentious farm laws. His remarks came even as the protestors prepped for a tractor rally and began marching towards the residences of various state Governors to hand over memorandums.
In November 2020, thousands of farmers had marched towards Delhi's borders, protesting against three contentious farm laws. Since then, with multiple rounds of talks with the Centre having been unsuccessful, they remain camped out at various points near the national capital. Tomar incidentally had chaired the 11th (inconclusive) round of talks.
"I want to tell all the farmers union people that they should end their agitation. The Government of India is also ready to discuss and redress any provision of law," he tweeted, adding a video clip address.
On Saturday, tens of thousands of farmers came together to amp up their protest, marching from Chandigarh from Punjab and Haryana to submit memorandums to the respective Governors to mark the completion of seven months of the agitation.
Farmers looking to meet Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to hand him their memorandum however were denied access. Security has been heightened in the national capital, and the protesters have reportedly been asked hand over their memorandum to DCP Civil Lines.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) had earlier said that it would send a memorandum from all over India to the President on June 26, on farmers' "anguish and indignation" and appeal to him regarding getting the farmer laws repealed, and to get a legal guarantee of minimum support price for farmers.