Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said photos of people “who gave anti-national speeches in Delhi” were seen during the farmers ’protest.
Some elements are trying to mislead the peasants by taking advantage of their protest, the ANI news agency told the minister of street transport and highways, adding that the government is ready to start a dialogue on farmers’ fears about the three farm laws enacted in September.
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“There is Gadchiroli district near Nagpur, Naksalita district (hit). In it, a person was caught and he did not even receive bail from the court. He is in prison. He has no direct and indirect relationship with farmers but his photo was seen in the protest. I could not understand it, “said the minister.
Asked about remarks on participation of urban Naxal and Maoist elements in the peasant protest, Gadkari said such remarks were not made for all peasants.
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“People who have given anti-national speeches in Delhi who have nothing to do with the country and peasants who have nothing in common directly or indirectly with the demands of peasants, their photos have been seen. Please tell me how they came into this. There are some elements that are trying to mislead the farmers by taking advantage of the unrest. I feel it is wrong, “he said.
Farmers protest against the Rural Products Trade and Promotion (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Assurance and Agricultural Service Act, 2020, and the Essential Goods Act (Amendment) , 2020 since November 26. They want the government to repeal the laws because they say the reforms would make them vulnerable to exploitation by big companies, erode their bargaining power and stop the purchase of government commodities at guaranteed prices.
(with ANI inputs)