Centre ready to talk to protesting farmers in Jantar Mantar


Guwahati: Farmers begin their protest at Jantar Mantar on Thursday (July 22) over the three farm laws amid the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament.

Nearly 200 farmers travelled from the sit-in protest site at the Singhu border in buses with a police escort to Jantar Mantar. They will hold protests from 11 am to 5 pm. 

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait appealed to authorities that roads near protest sites be opened for the ease of local residents. He assured that the farmers will not digress from the permitted route, unlike the January 26 rally.

There is heavy police deployment and Delhi Police also issued an advisory for today’s protest. 

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the Centre is ready to talk to the protesting farmers. “We spoke to them in the past as well. The Narendra Modi-led government is a farmer-friendly government,” he said.

The country has witnessed that these farm laws are beneficial are in favour of farmers… We have held 11th round of talks with the farmers’ union, now they have to decide what path they choose to take,” Narendra Singh Tomar told Zee News.

On Wednesday, the Delhi government granted permission to the farmers to protest at Jantar Mantar saying strict observance of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour would be mandatory during the protest.