Centre being 'stubborn' in face of farmers' agitation: Delhi minister

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New Delhi, Dec 16 (PTI) The Centre should give up its 'ego' and 'stubbornness' and accept the demands of farmers who are protesting against the new farm laws at Delhi's borders despite the biting cold, the city's Development minister Gopal Rai said on Wednesday.

Rai, also convener of the Delhi unit of the AAP, said the Arvind Kejriwal-led government and his party stand firmly with the farmers and have been making certain arrangements for them during their protest.

After a visit to the Singhu border, blocked by thousands of farmers camping there for nearly three weeks now, Rai said the Kejriwal government has arranged a Langar Sewa (community kitchen), water and toilet facilities for them.

'Our volunteers, MLAs and councilors are also serving here. The AAP and its government fully support the farmers,' he said.

The farmers are protesting against the three farm laws passed recently by the Central government, even as they face hardships and the cold weather during their demonstrations, Rai said. He described their protest as 'unfortunate', saying farmers are the ones who feed the nation.

'The farmers have been protesting here for twenty days. The Central government should give up its ego and stubbornness and accept their demands,' he said.

Rai said the Centre could have avoided the stalemate and road blocks by permitting the farmers to stage their protest at the Ramleela Ground in Delhi.

'The government will have to accept the demands of the farmers sooner or later. The Modi government will not be allowed to ruin the country,' he asserted. PTI VIT RDM RDM