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RLP Threatens To Quit NDA Over Farm Laws, Cites 3 Demands

“Mr Amit Shah, in view of the countrywide sentiment in support of the ongoing farmers’ movement, the recently introduced three bills related to agriculture should be immediately withdrawn,” tweeted Hanuman Beniwal.

Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) – a part of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), has urged the BJP-led central government to immediately repeal the three agricultural laws that have led to the ongoing “Delhi Chalo” protest by farmers. Hanuman Beniwal, Rajasthan MP and Chief of RLP took to Twitter today to express their concerns.

He also insisted for the government to immediately talk to farmers instead of December 3 – the scheduled date for a second round of ministerial talks to address farmers’ concerns.

“Mr Amit Shah, in view of the countrywide sentiment in support of the ongoing farmers’ movement, the recently introduced three bills related to agriculture should be immediately withdrawn. (The centre must) implement all recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, and immediately hold dialogue with farmers Delhi,” tweeted the RLP supremo, whose core voter base comprises of farmers.

“RLP is an NDA constituent, but its power comes from farmers and jawans. If prompt action is not taken in this matter, I will have to rethink being a partner in the NDA in the interest of farmers,” Mr Beniwal added.

This threat comes shortly after Mr Beniwal, whose Party RLP had fought the last Rajasthan election in alliance with the BJP, said governments of neighbouring states, including Haryana, should not adopt any oppressive policy against farmers.

“If the police and governments adopted an oppressive policy against farmers, the RLP will hold demonstrations across the country, including Rajasthan, in favour of farmers,” Mr Beniwal had said on Thursday.

Home Minister Amit Shah held two meetings with agriculture minister within the span of 24 hours after farmers protesting near Delhi borders on Sunday rejected the centre’s proposal of holding early talks and shifting their protest venue. The home minister, at late night on Sunday, met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Mr Tomar at BJP chief JP Nadda’s Delhi house, sources said. The discussions were held by the top BJP leaders in regards to the protests of farmers that started last week. As per sources, the meeting went on for over two hours.

Earlier on Saturday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reached out to thousands of farmers who have been camping in and outside Delhi to protest against the farm laws passed by the Centre recently and said:  “The government is ready to deliberate on every problem and demand of the farmers.”

However, farmers rejected Home Minister Amit Shah’s offer for a discussion on their grievances. The farmers rejected the offers saying it was a conditional one, as the minister had said they should move their protest to a designation spot in the national capital if they agreed to talks.

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