A DAY after a three-member BJP delegation met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the Centre has extended a call for participation to farmer unions for a gathering with three Union Ministers at his residence on November 13 to speak about the Centre’s three farm laws and therefore the Electricity Act, 2020.
Surjit Kumar Jayani, chairman of the eight-member BJP panel to coordinate with farmers, said, “The meeting are going to be held at Rajnathji’s house on November 13 afternoon where Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railways Minister Piysh Goyal also will be present. I, along side our other panel members, Bikramjeet Singh Cheema and H S Grewal had met Tomarji and Rajnathji on Sunday and had even made farmer union leader Balbir Singh Rajewal speak to Rajnathji. We are hopeful that farmers are going to be given an answer during this meeting.”
Farmers haven’t yet got any written invitation to the present meeting. Jayani said, “Written invitation are going to be received by union leaders by Tuesday morning. Defence minister had spoken to Rajewal and had told him that he himself may be a farmer first and an official later. Hence he understands the priority of farmers. Hence, all talks are going to be held thinking of the interests of farmers.”
Meanwhile, Rajewal said that when the invitation is received, all union leaders will decide who all are going to be going and what is going to be the most agenda of the discussion.
In the evening, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh issued an appeal to farmers to permit passenger trains to run on tracks, to which Satnam Singh Pannu, president of the Kisan Sangrash Mazdoor Committee, said, “They want to let our struggle end but we’ll not let it happen. we’ve shifted to a railway park, they will run goods trains but we’ll not allow passenger trains to run unless and until they meet our demands.”
He added, “Through the media I even have come to understand that the Centre has invited us for a gathering , but we’ll respond after getting a proper invite.”
The defence minister has invited farmers over lunch and has kept ample time for this meeting in order that all union ministers can hear each and each grievance of farmers to supply them a possible solution, said Jayani.
Farmers had gone to Delhi on October 14 to satisfy the Secretary Agriculture but boycotted the meeting as they got angry because no minister was present to speak to them. Jayani said farmer unions were likely to offer their lists of who all will pass Tuesday.
Jagmohan Singh Patiala, general secretary of BKU (Dakaunda) and dealing member of the All India Kisan Sangrash Coordination Committee, said, “We will discuss the meeting invitation with union leaders of 30 farmer organisations on Tuesday then respond.”