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Farmers Step Up Pressure With Hunger Strike On Monday

Home Minister Amit Shah met Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar this afternoon as several leaders of farmers’ bodies – backing thousands of protesters camping near Delhi borders since late November – hold a nine-hour long hunger strike. As protests escalate against the government’s new agricultural laws, they planned demonstrations across the country. This is the second nationwide protest in less than a week after highways were blocked last Tuesday as a part of countrywide shutdown call backed by opposition parties and trade unions. Despite several round of talks with the government, farmers have said the agitation will continue till the new laws are scrapped. Thirty-three farmer leaders, who’ve earlier attended government negotiations, are fasting at Singhu on Haryana-Delhi border, one of the key protest sites. The hunger strike, which began at 8 AM and will continue till 5 PM, is a part of the farmers’ plan to intensify their agitation. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday accused the opposition of running a propaganda against the new farm laws. “When reforms are undertaken it will benefit farmers in the long run. But in the short run, some may face difficulty. We know we can achieve no gain without difficulties,” the Union Minister, who has held several rounds of negotiations, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

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