New Delhi (NVI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah met farmers leaders this evening, a day before the crucial sixth round of talks with representatives of protesting famers.
The meeting was called at 7 pm and began at around 8 pm, with farmer leader Rakesh Tikait also in attendance. The meeting was organised at PUSA campus, a few km from Amit Shah’s residence.
The farmers groups’ meeting with the Home Minister came as a nationwide protest or Bharat Bandh was called by protesting farmers against the Centre’s recently passed farm bills.
The Bharat Bandh today witnessed road and rail traffic getting hit in some parts of the country, highways blocked and markets shut down which affected supplies.
Today’s meeting was called in a bid to break the deadlock between some farmers groups and the Central government over the contentious bills.
Meanwhile, Opposition parties, including the Congress, NCP, Aam Aadmi Party, DMK and TRS, will meet with President Ram Nath Kovind tomorrow to convey their stand. These parties backed today’s protest by the farmers.