Mumbai: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday inaugurated anti-farm laws agitation at a protest venue in Thiruvananthapuram.
“Our country has witnessed many historical protests, the main protests of which were organized by farmers. Many such protests have also taken place in Kerala. The strongest farmer protests are going on in India at the moment. Farmers are Annadata and the present government at the center is not respecting them,” CM Vijayan said at the protest site.
“Kerala stands in solidarity with agitating farmers. The protest is gaining public support day by day. The Centre should listen to reasonable demands of the farmers and scrap the fam laws,” he added.
He lambasted the BJP for recalling the Swaminathan report – the only agricultural report that farmers have referred to in their agitation – while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections but forgot it at the time of implementation.
“Many people are asking what Kerala has to do with it. If food scarcity hits the country, its maximum impact will be on Kerala, a consumer state. That is why Kerala will also be part of this protest,” he added.
Many people are asking what Kerala has to do with it. If food scarcity hits the country, its maximum impact will be on Kerala, a consumer state. That is why Kerala will also be part of this protest: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan at an anti-farm laws protest in Thiruvananthapuram https://t.co/10bVpSaz96
— ANI (@ANI) December 23, 2020
Meanwhile, thousands of farmers have been continuously protesting on Delhi’s borders for four weeks. Farmers unions, camping at the UP Gate on the Delhi-Ghaziabad border, blocked all 14 lanes of National Highway 9 for eight hours from 9 am on Tuesday and allegedly manhandled a journalist and photographer.