The scheduled meeting between the government and representatives of protesting farmers on Wednesday has been called off, Haryana BKU president Gurnam Singh Chaduni said today. The statement comes after Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday met a group of 13 union leaders in a bid to break the deadlock. “The government will send its proposal by tomorrow. Then we will discuss if there is a need of another meeting. There have been no progress in the talks today. The govt offered amendments but the farmers want the laws should be repealed,” Chaduni told The Indian Express.
Meanwhile, Opposition parities have announced a meeting with President Ramnath Kovind on Wednesday at 5 pm. The joint delegation of five members will include Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and others, said CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury.
The nationwide bandh called by farmer unions in protest of the Centre’s three farm laws wound to a mostly peaceful close. The farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, blocked key roads during their ‘chakka jam’ protest from 11 am to 3 pm today. Shops and commercial establishments were closed, transport affected and traffic disrupted in many states, with the maximum impact felt in states such as Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. Protesters blocked railway tracks at several places in West Bengal, Bihar, and Odisha. In Delhi, the markets remained mostly opened even as more farmers congregated near the border areas despite heavy security.