Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday lambasted the Congress for playing politics over farm laws and allegedly misleading the farmers. Tomar, while addressing the Rajya Sabha over the contentious farm laws, said, “The world knows that farming is done with water, but only Congress can do farming with blood.”
Tomar asserted that the farmers’ protest was not a countrywide movement and only farmers from one state are protesting against the farm laws. He was indicating farmers from Punjab—a Congress-ruled state.
Notably, the three farm laws passed by the Centre has resulted in a massive agitation, with thousands of farmers camping at Delhi borders to protest against the laws for over two months. The farmers’ protest, which was peaceful till January 25, turned violent during the tractor rally in the national capital on the occasion of Republic Day. Close to 400 policemen were injured in the violence perpetrated by the protestors.
What did Tomar say about the farmers’ protest?
Tomar said, “I made it clear that the government is ready to make amendments, but it does not mean there is any problem in farm laws. People in a particular state are misinformed.”
“Farmers are being misled that others would occupy their land if these laws are implemented. Let me know if there is a single provision in Contract Farming law which allows any trader to snatch away the land of any farmer,” the minister said in Rajya Sabha.
Narendra Singh Tomar reiterated that the Centre and PM Narendra Modi are committed to the welfare of farmers, and added that the new farm laws are aimed at boosting their income.
The remarks by the Agriculture Minister came on Friday as he replied on farmers’ issue in Rajya Sabha. Several opposition parties have asked the Union government to withdraw the three contentious farm laws without making it a prestige issue and not to treat the agitating farmers as “enemies”.
Talks remain inconclusive
The multiple rounds of discussion between the protesting farmers and the Centre have remained inconclusive so far. While the farmers are adamant that the government should repeal the legislation, the government is not ready to do so.
The protesting farmers have claimed that the new laws are anti-farmer and pro-corporate and would put an end to the system of Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees and minimum support price. However, the government has claimed that the new laws would help in increasing the income of farmers.
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