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Farmers would have died even at home: Minister of Haryana | India News


CHANDIGARH: In a controversial comment on the deaths of farmers at various protest sites, Haryana Agriculture Minister JP Dalal said on Saturday that they would have died even if they had stayed at home.
Dalal made the comment in Bhiwani in response to a journalist’s question about the “death of 200 farmers.”
“If they had been in their homes, they would have died there as well,” Dalal said.
“Listen to me, one to two lakhs, don’t 200 people die in six months?” he asked in response.
“Someone is dying of a heart attack and someone after getting sick,” he added.
Several farmers from Punjab and Haryana, who participated in farmers’ agitation against the Center’s three agricultural laws at various border points in Delhi, died for different reasons, including cardiac arrest.
Hours after making the statement, Haryana’s agriculture minister said he had seen “twisted” statements, attributed to him, on social media.
He said his statements were given a “wrong meaning”.
“If anyone is affected by it, I apologize,” he said, adding that he would continue to work for the well-being of farmers.
He said it is painful if someone dies.
Congressional leader Randeep Singh Surjewala attacked Dalal for his comments and said such a statement can only be made by an “insensitive” person.

Farmers would have died even at home: Minister of Haryana | India News

“These words can only be used by an insensitive man to wave ‘annadatas’,” Surjewala said in a tweet.
The head of the Haryana Congress, Kumari Selja, also criticized Dalal for his statement.
“This reaction and the laughter of the Haryana agriculture minister about the sacrifice of our brother farmers is very sad,” he said in a tweet.
The leader of the Punjab Congress, Raj Kumar Verka, also demanded the removal of Dalal from the Haryana cabinet for his “insensitive” comments.
Thousands of farmers have been protesting since the end of November on Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, demanding a rollback of the Trade in Agricultural Products and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection ) on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Act of 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act of 2020.
Protesting farmers have expressed fear that these laws will pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) mechanism, leaving them at the “mercy” of large corporations.
However, the Center has insisted that the new laws will provide better opportunities for farmers and introduce new technologies in agriculture.

Times of India