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NEW DELHI: Thousands of farmers have gathered in the national capital amid heavy security presence, in response to the “Delhi Chalo” call against the agri-marketing laws enacted at the Centre in September. The key demand is the withdrawal of the three laws which deregulate the sale of their crops. They are also pressing for the withdrawal of the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020, fearing it will lead to an end to ubsidised electricity.The tension persisted with restless crowds milling around the city's edges and beyond and settling down from another night out in the cold.
Here are the latest developments:Farmers stay put at Delhi borders; no decision on shifting to Burari ground yetFarmers gathered at border points have decided to stay put on Saturday night as they have called a crucial meeting on Sunday to decide their next course of action. The large number of farmers reiterated that they would not accept the Delhi Police's offer to hold their protest at the Sant Nirankari ground at Burari in north Delhi. These farmers continued to hold their protest peacefully at the Singhu border where they have been holding meetings to decide on their next course of action and have also made arrangements for a long stay at the Delhi-Haryana border.
Centre ready to hold talks: Govt tells protesting farmers Reaching out toprotesting farmers, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the central government was ready to hold talkseveryproblem on their " and demand". He urged the farmers, who are protesting against three farm laws enacted recently, to shift to Nirankari Samagam Ground marked for their protest by Delhi Police and said the Centre was ready to talk to them earlier than December 3. He urged leaders of farmer organizations to bring the farmers to the designated place as it will be more convenient for them and the commuters and they can continue their protest in a democratic manner.
Farmers from UP reach Delhi border to lend support to protest Some groups of farmers from Uttar Pradesh at the Ghazipur border with their vehicles on Saturday afternoon, lending support to the agitation by their counterparts from Punjab against the Centre's new agri laws. A senior Delhi Police officer said that around 200 farmers arrived at UP Gate (Ghazipur border) as part of 'Delhi Chalo' march call given by farmer organisations in Punjab and police officials were talking to them.