Farmers’ Protest: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday asked Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to hold fresh talks with agitating farmers to understand why they wanted the three farm laws to be repealed instead of sprinkling salt on their wounds by outrightly rejecting this demand.
Sukhbir Singh Badal called upon the NDA government to be sensitive to the pain and anguish of farmers who have been agitating against the three farm laws.
He said that it was shocking that the NDA government is effectively telling farmers that there is no space for discussion in a democracy.
He said it was equally more shocking that besides ruling out any talks on taking back the three black laws, Narendra Singh Tomar had asserted that the agricultural laws were in the interest of farmers.
“It seems the NDA government is firm in its desire to toe the line of the corporate sector which wants an end to the minimum support price system and assured government purchase of food grains. There can be no other reason for rejecting the appeal of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha to hold talks to resolve the crisis,” Shiromani Akali Dal president added.
Badal said that it was unfortunate that the central government had still not realized the ills of the three agricultural laws despite holding a number of rounds of talks with Kisan leaders.
“This indicates that it is firm on being intransigent and not accepting the genuine demands of the farmers at any cost. Simultaneously the government has done everything within its power to suppress the peaceful and democratic movement and continues to attempt to dislodge farmers from the Singhu and Tikri protest sites”.
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