Jagjit Singh, president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union's Punjab unit
Jagjit Singh, president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union's Punjab unit
Photo: ANI

As the demonstrations entered the third day, the protesting farmers at Burari's Nirankari Samagam Ground in Delhi said they would not leave the national capital till their grievances are addressed.

Even after Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday appealed to the farmers to shift to the Burari ground in the national capital to stage their protests, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) was unmoved by Amit Shah's 'conditional' offer for talks.

The union on this day said that the Home Minister should have offered talks "with open heart without condition".

"Amit Shah-ji has called for an early meeting on a condition, it's not good. He should've offered talks with an open heart without condition," news agency ANI quoted Jagjit Singh, president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union's Punjab unit.

"We'll hold meeting tomorrow morning to decide our response," said Jagjit Singh at the Singhu border.

Home Minister Amit Shah had on this day said the Centre is ready to hold discussions with them as soon as the protesting farmers move to the designated place.

He also said the government has made arrangements for water, toilets and medical care at the ground in north Delhi so that the farmers are not inconvenienced and they can stage their demonstrations in a democratic and peaceful manner there.

"For the last few days, farmers from Punjab and Haryana and some other parts of the country have come to the border of Delhi. Farmers have gathered on the two major highways coming from Punjab near the border of Delhi since yesterday. Farmers are facing many problems due to heavy cold. Other people are also facing problems.

"Therefore, I have a humble appeal to our farmer brothers that the government has made proper arrangement for you in Burari in Delhi, where you can stage your demonstrations," he said in an appeal in Hindi which was posted in the official WhatsApp group of the home ministry.

Shah said a delegation of the farmers has been invited on December 3, on behalf of the central government to discuss about detailed talks on their problems.

"Some farmers unions and farmers have demanded that talks be held immediately instead of December 3. So, I assure everyone that the central government is ready to hold discussions with you as soon as you shift to the ground (in Burari)," he said.

Shah also said detailed discussions were held in New Delhi on November 13 regarding their problems, which was attended by the agriculture and railway ministers on behalf of the central government.

(With inputs from agencies)

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