Surjeet Phul, president of the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari) said on Sunday that protesting farmers will gherao Delhi by blocking five entry points to the national capital.
Farmers protesting against the new farm laws have rejected the central government’s offer to continue their agitation at the designated protest venue, Delhi’s Burari ground. The Centre on Saturday reiterated its invitation to protesting farmers to discuss their demands with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on December 3.
“We have decided that we will never go to Burari Park as we got proof that it is an open jail. Delhi Police told Uttarakhand Farmer Association president that they will take them to Jantar Mantar but instead locked them at Burari Park,” Punjab unit president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari) Surjeet S Phul told reporters on Sunday.
Phul went on to add, “Instead of going to open jail in Burari, we have decided that we will gherao Delhi by blocking five main entry points to Delhi. We have got four months ration with us, so nothing to worry about. Our operations committee will decide everything.”
Haryana unit president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, Gurnam Singh Chadhoni had told media outlets earlier in the day, “We do not accept the condition of their (central government’s) proposal. We are ready to talk but will not accept any condition now.”
“The government has invited us to talk with conditions. The environment should be created for a conversation. We will not talk if there are any conditions,” Punjab unit president of the Krantikari Kisan Union, Darshan Pal had added.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told media outlets on Sunday, “Government has proposed to meet on December 3 for the fourth time. So, talks are already going on, nobody should think the government is not ready for it. Government is open for talks, farmers’ unions should create an atmosphere for it. They should leave agitation and choose talks.”
Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad on Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said he never alleged that the ongoing farmer agitation is politically motivated. Shah had appealed to the farmers on Saturday to move their protest to the designated venue in Delhi’s Burari.