Union Home Minister Amit Shah's meeting with protesting farmers on Tuesday evening - indicating the involvement of the government's highest level to resolve the deadlock over the contentious farm laws - failed, with both sides remaining firm on their positions.
The farmers refused to accept the government's offer of amendment in the laws, sticking to their demand for a complete scrapping. The big meeting scheduled for today with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar - the sixth since the protests started - has been called off.
Sources said farmers' unions were given a presentation on the bills on Tuesday and a proposal will be sent to farm leaders today with written amendments that the government intends to carry out.
"No meeting will be held between farmers and the government tomorrow (Wednesday). The minister has said a proposal will be given to farmer leaders tomorrow (Wednesday). Farmer leaders will hold a meeting to discuss the proposal," Hannan Mollah, the general secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha, told reporters after the meeting on Tuesday.
The farmers' meeting will be held at noon at the Singhu border, where thousands have been camping for more than 10 days, demanding scrapping of the three new laws which they fear will shrink their income and leave them at the mercy of corporates.