Leaders weigh in on the problem in India and abroad
The continuous uproar of thousands of farmers on the borders of the national capital resonated in foreign countries even as the Union government tried to initiate talks with protesters and the Opposition criticized the Center for not defusing the crisis that saw a pitched battle on the roads last week. .
In Delhi, Union Interior Minister Amit Shah defended the agricultural laws recently enacted by the Center, saying they were aimed at the welfare of agriculture. “After a long time, the farmer will come out of a blocked system. Whoever wants to oppose politically, let him do it. I have never said that the farmers’ protest is political and I would never say it, ”he said.
Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the Center was ready for talks. “The government has proposed to meet on December 3 for the fourth time … but the farmers’ unions should create an environment for it. They should leave the path of unrest and choose a way of speaking, ”Tomar told ANI.
On Sunday, the protests were mentioned by Canadian politician Jagmeet Singh, who criticized the use of force by the Indian government against farmers. His brother Gurratan Singh, an MLA in the Ontario assembly also joined in and tweeted that he felt the “pain and struggle of farmers protesting laws that threaten their livelihoods.”
In the UK, Indian-born Labor MPs criticized police measures against farmers, while many Sikhs staged a car rally in Southall. Preet Kaur Gill, Birmingham Edgbaston Labor MP and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Party for British Sikhs, said: “This is not a way to treat citizens peacefully protesting India’s controversial Farmers Bill.” .
Four days ago, farmers in Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and other neighboring states launched their “Dilli chalo” campaign to protest against a set of laws to liberalize agricultural trade and open agricultural markets in the country.
The protesters want the Center to repeal three laws passed by Parliament in September that eliminated a network of government-controlled agricultural markets.
The protests triggered a bitter war of words between the top ministers of Punjab and Haryana.
The captain of the Punjab CM, Amarinder Singh, desolated Khattar for his allegations that the former did not answer the latter’s calls to discuss the farm’s problems. “If someone from your office called my residence … why weren’t official channels used to contact me?” a statement from the Punjab government quoted him.
This came after Khattar alleged that he made an effort to contact Singh, but was unable to locate him.
Khattar responded by saying that he will hold his Punjab counterpart responsible if the farmers’ gathering led to a worsening of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state. “… when the protesters tried to advance, we decided not to use force. I don’t regard tear gas and water cannons as a form of force. It is a means of restraining people, ”Khattar told ANI.
Congressional leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda also criticized Khattar, warning that if farmers’ problems are not solved, a “bigger movement” will be launched. “Until farmers win this battle, we will strongly support farmers’ demands …”, he said.
Other opposition parties also attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for failing to solve farmers’ problems.
“The government has no sympathy for the farmers. He is only concerned with corporate houses and how to fill their coffers and hold the resources of the state hostage, “said Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Delhi Interior Minister and Aam Aadmi Party Leader Satyendar Jain said the Center should not set conditions for talks with the restless farmers. “The central government should speak to farmers immediately and unconditionally,” CM Arvind Kejriwal from Delhi tweeted.
The Shiv Sena expressed his sympathy for the farmers. “It is sad that they are not allowed to come to Delhi and that they are treated as if they were terrorists and came from outside the country. The government should consider the farmers’ demands with sympathy, ”said Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut.