The main demands of the farm leaders are withdrawal of criminal cases filed against protesters and financial compensation along with one job for each to the families of the farmers who died during the agitation.
CM had invited BKU (Charuni) leader Gurnam Singh Charuni, Rakesh Bains, Rampal Chahal, BKU Tikait Haryana president Ratan Singh Mann, Jarnail Singh, Joginder Nain, Comrade Inderjeet, and Abhimanyu Kuhar along with Mandeep Nathwan, and Sumer Singh Dhaka for the meeting.
Before the meeting, Charuni said the Haryana CM had “called us for a meeting over the cases registered against farmers during the agitation & regarding compensation to those farmers who died during the protest.” He along with other farm leaders had made it clear that anything less than their demands will not be acceptable. Accompanied by his principal secretary V Umashankar and intelligence head Alok Mittal, Khattar led the government team at the talks. Khattar, according to sources, had repeatedly insisted that the farm leaders should ask the farmers at Delhi border sites to return home and had assured the farm leaders that his government would look into their demands related to compensation for farmers’ deaths and withdrawal of cases.
After the long meeting, Charuni said: “Despite detailed discussions, CM Manohar Lal Khattar could not give any satisfactory assurance to us, hence the talks remained inconclusive. We shall discuss the outcome of this with the members of SKM and the group will decide the next course of action.” “Talks have failed,” he repeated.
“The CM and the Haryana government were neither harsh nor soft. They put their point of view but things didn’t work out, hence the meeting was over. We shall elaborate on this during the SKM meeting at Singhu border,” Charuni added.
Farm leader Abhimanyu Kuhar refused to elaborate on the meeting, saying: “We are bound by SKM rules and shall discuss it there only. SKM only will take the call now.”