Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to respect the sentiments of farmers’ opposition and dissolve the new controversial agricultural laws, and said that doing so would “make it big”.
In an editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana Salana ‘, the Center was also accused of trying to quell farmers’ opposition by using the Supreme Court as a front.
The editorial said that the deadlock over the issue continued despite the SC’s decision, stating that the farmers’ bodies have rejected the four members of the committee as they had allegedly supported earlier agricultural laws.
“Prime Minister Modi should welcome the protest and courage of the farmers. (He) should abolish the laws respecting the sentiments of the farmers. Modi will be much bigger than he is today. Elder Modi!” Marathi publication said.
There is a need to understand the sentiments of the farmers. If the government wants the situation not to worsen, it said, referring to the tractor rally planned by farmers’ bodies in Delhi on January 26.
It claimed that 60 to 65 farmers have so far sacrificed their lives in protest, and the country has not seen such a disciplined movement since independence.
The editorial stated the Centre’s claim even before the Supreme Court was “shocked” that the ‘Khalistanis’ had infiltrated the farmers’ protests.
“It is also a failure of the government if the Khalistanis have infiltrated the protest. The government does not want to end the protest and play politics by giving the movement the color of treason,” it alleged.
It claimed that “the government will stop the farmers by lifting the ban on protesters in the Singhu border (near Delhi) from once enacting the law”
“Hence, what has to happen will happen only now. The farmers’ bodies are in a ‘do or die’ mood,” it said.
The Marathi daily also asked if “lakhs of farmers” will be labeled as “anti-national” if they are not going to accept the Supreme Court’s decision.