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President Must Lead Government To End Stalemate: Shashi Tharoor | India News


NEW DELHI: Before presenting a memorandum of support for the farmers’ protest to President Ram Nath Kovind, leader of Congress and deputy from Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor said Thursday that the president has an important moral role in guiding the government to take steps to resolve the deadlock.
“The party’s position is well known. We want the government to atone for its total failure to consult with farmers before passing these bills by making a serious effort to address their concerns,” Tharoor told ANI.
“I think the president has a very important moral role in encouraging and guiding the government and telling it not to lean on its legislative pride and avoid a solution to the problem,” he added.
The congressional deputy further said: “No one wants the stagnation to continue and no one wants to see farmers suffer in the cold Delhi winter. At the same time, no one wants to see this paralysis and they want to see some progress. So the president can push. and encourage the government. ”
Tharoor expressed satisfaction that the government is willing to talk to farmers, but added that the key question is whether they are willing to listen to farmers’ complaints.
“The prime minister started by passing these bills without any consultation. Subsequently, he and his followers ignored them. Then they began to denigrate them as Khalistanis, Pakistanis and Naxals. Now, they are finally saying that they are willing to speak. The key question is whether they are willing to listen. They should listen to farmers, “he said.
Meanwhile, as farmers’ unions continue their protest demanding the repeal of the three farm laws, on December 20 the central government invited farmer leaders to a new round of talks amid attempts to end the unrest. .
The government has held several rounds of talks with farmers so far. On December 8, the Union Interior Minister Amit Shah met with the 13 representatives of the agricultural unions. However, a day later, peasant leaders rejected a proposal sent by the Center.
Farmers protest at Delhi borders since Nov 26 against Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020; the Farmers’ Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Guarantee and Agricultural Services Law, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.

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