Haryana CM Khattar Suspects ‘Unwanted Elements’ Among Protesting Farmers, Cites Slogans Raised Against Prime Minister Modi
As thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana continued their protest against the central government’s three agricultural reforms, Haryana Prime Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Saturday that there were inputs that there were some unwanted items among the agitated crowds.
“We have input from some of these unwanted elements in the crowd. We have reports and will release them once we have concrete evidence. They raised those slogans. In the videos, they said ‘jab Indira Gandhi ko ye kar sakte hain, a Modi ko kyu nahi kar sakte, “Khattar said after a reporter asked him if there was a connection to Khalistani.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that a Khalistani agenda was being orchestrated during the ongoing protests in Punjab. The head of the BJP’s IT cell, Amit Malviya, tweeted a video on Friday in which a man could be heard threatening Prime Minister Narendra Modi by referring to the assassination of Indira Gandhi if the December 3 talks did not resolve the issues. farmers problems.
Meanwhile, the Union’s agriculture minister, Narendra Singh Tomar, assured protesting farmers that the Center is ready for talks with agricultural unions on December 3 and urged all political parties to “do politics in the name of of farmers “.
Haryana’s prime minister had previously asked farmers to stop their protests, adding that they should speak directly to the Center about all their legitimate problems and that the solution will only come through conversation.
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“The central government is always ready for talks. I call on all the farmer brothers to speak directly to the Center about all their legitimate problems. Movement is not their way – the solution will come out of the conversation, ”Khattar’s tweet said on Friday roughly translated from Hindi.
Multiple clashes have been reported in recent days between farmer agitators and police in Delhi, Haryana and other neighboring states, with the latter resorting to tear gas, water cannons and barricades to disperse protesting farmers. On Friday night, Delhi police allowed these farmers to enter the national capital and hold peaceful demonstrations at Samagam Ground in Burari.
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Farmers have been calling for the removal of the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Guarantee and the Agricultural Services Act of 2020 and the Agricultural Services Act of 2020. Essential Products (Amendment), 2020. The laws were passed during the monsoon session of Parliament in September.
While the Narendra Modi-led government has said that these laws would eliminate middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce on commercial markets, farmers fear that large corporations will exert control over them. Farmers also fear that they will be denied the right to the minimum support price (MSP) for their products, thus interrupting timely payments.