Farm leaders decided to decline the central government’s offer for lunch on Thursday. A delegation of farmers’ representatives is at the Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi for a crucial meeting with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
This meeting comes amid the ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest march called by farmer unions from across the country, particularly from Punjab and Haryana. At present, thousands of farmers are camping on Delhi’s borders, demanding that the Centre withdraw its three new farm laws or assure Minimum Support Price (MSP) in writing.
On Thursday, a delegation of farm leaders met Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and other senior officials at the Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi to discuss their demands. During lunchtime, farm leaders declined the offer of food served by the government.
Farm leaders during lunchtime at Vigyan Bhawan and the ambulance used to bring their food (Photo Credits: Mausami Singh/India Today)
Instead, a white ambulance was used to deliver food prepared at a gurudwara for the farm leaders to Vigyan Bhawan.
Visuals of farmers’ representatives having lunch in Vigyan Bhawan on Thursday have also surfaced online.
#WATCH | Delhi: Farmer leaders have food during the lunch break at Vigyan Bhawan where the talk with the government is underway. A farmer leader says, “We are not accepting food or tea offered by the government. We have brought our own food”. pic.twitter.com/wYEibNwDlX
— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2020
According to inputs, tea and snacks were also brought for the farm leaders at Vigyan Bhawan from Delhi’s Bangla Sahib Gurudwara after the lunch break.
Social activist presents farmers’ case
Social activist Kavita Kuruganti is the only woman representative part of the farmers’ delegation at Vigyan Bhawan. Founder of NGO Asha, Kurugranti is also a member of the central coordination committee of the ongoing farmers’ agitation.
A member of the All India Kisan Sanyukt Samiti, Kavitha Kuruganti presented a case for the farmers before top officials of the Union Ministry of Agriculture. Farm leaders also asked the officials why the Centre is going around in circles when asked to respond to the concerns of the protesting farmers. This is when the discussion ground to a halt and the meeting was adjourned for lunch.
(With inputs from Ashok Singhal)