Mumbai: Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Friday that the Center should stop farmers’ malfeasance and talk about ways to repeal their controversial agricultural laws.
The SAD president said in a statement here that the central government has adopted an indifferent and insensitive attitude towards the suffering of open defecation farmers in the event of a severe cold wave on the borders of Delhi.
It almost seems that the government wants to punish the farmers for voicing against the three agricultural marketing laws forced through the last parliamentary session. That is why the Center has adopted a policy that aims to end farmers, the SAD leader said.
The bogies are being negotiated with the sole purpose of defaming the farmers and making them become rude. He said, “The truth is that it is the Center that is refusing to repeal three agricultural acts unacceptable to farmers across the country.”
Asking the NDA government not to “play with the sentiments of farmers by extending non-specific talk invitations without any agenda or deadline”, Badal said the Center had to negotiate ways to honestly implement the three laws needed.
It should also refrain from maligning the peasants as separatists and victimizing arthritis (commission agents) through income tax raids. It would be best if the government convenes a special day-long session to repeal the three agricultural laws.
Once this is completed, new laws can be formulated in consultation with farmers. I see no reason for the fault in this argument. Not doing so will not only bolster the notion that corporate players who stand to gain from the slavery of farmers are coming to terms with a fair settlement for the ongoing farmer movement, he said.
Describing the BJP’s top leadership adopting a “humanitarian approach”, Badal said, more than 40 farmers have already lost their lives in the last one month. They have been agitating against these measures since the ordinance was introduced six months ago.
The government refused to listen to the grievances of the farmers for five months and began negotiations only when the farmers blocked Delhi’s borders. This is not good for the democratic state. The former Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab said that how many farmers should be martyred and their voice should be heard before sitting on top of the state.