Mumbai: Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale said on Monday that a march in Mumbai, Maharashtra was not required in support of farmers agitating near Delhi against the three new agricultural laws of the Center, claiming that it was only “Publicity.”
Athawale said that the centre is in favour of the farmers and is ready to give them justice.
However, the Nationalist Congress Party, a part of the Maharashtra government led by Uddhav Thackeray, apologized to Athawale for insulting the farmers by calling their protests in Mumbai a “propaganda stunt”.
Thousands of farmers from Maharashtra have gathered at Azad Maidan in South Mumbai against the three new agricultural laws of the Center.
Noting that the Supreme Court recently issued an adjournment on the implementation of the new agricultural laws, Athawale said that the Center has also proposed to suspend the law for two years.
He said, “This march (in Mumbai) is not necessary as the Supreme Court has banned the implementation of the Acts. The government has proposed to suspend the laws for two years. Therefore, the movement is for publicity only,” he told ABP Maja.
The president of the Republican Party of India said that the protest should end as the government took “positive” views on the issues raised by the farmers. However, protests are being staged repeatedly, with the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment added.
“Farmers should listen … they should stop the movement,” he added.