“Nation’s Security”: Amarinder Singh Urges Amit Shah To Resolve Farmer Row
The massive farmer protests on highways near Delhi will not only impact the economy of Punjab but also threaten “national security”, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said today after a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah, urging “both sides” to resolve the deadlock.
“Discussions are on between the farmers and the centre, there’s nothing for me to resolve. I reiterated my opposition in my meeting with the Home Minister and requested him to resolve the issue as it affects the economy of my state and the security of the nation,” said Amarinder Singh.
The Punjab Chief Minister called on Amit Shah in Delhi and held discussions on ways to resolve the current stand-off between the government and farmers protesting over new farm laws. Several leaders in the ruling BJP have accused Amarinder Singh of actively supporting the protesters.
The meeting was held as government held the second round of talks in a week with farmers’ representatives amid spiraling protests. The first meeting on Tuesday fell through as the farmers’ groups turned down the centre’s second pitch for a committee to discuss their objections to the farm laws.
Agitating farmers on Wednesday said today’s talks will be the “last chance” to call an emergency session of parliament and recall the controversial laws. The government is considering a written assurance to farmers that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system will continue.