Minister bashed for insensitive comment on farmer protest

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has hit out at the 10-day farmer’s protest that has been launched in several states in the country, mocking it as ‘issue-less’.

Even as the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh (RMK) has made clear that farmers won’t supply vegetables and milk to cities for the next ten days, at the end of which the ‘Gaon Bandh’ will become a Bharat bandh, if their demands for a complete loan waiver, minimum support price and assurance if permanent minimum income isn’t met, the Haryana CM has mocked the entire matter.

Radha Mohan Singh, the minister for agriculture and farmers’ welfare, was sharply criticised by the opposition for what the Congress says are “insensitive remarks”.

“There is no issue,” Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar agreed with Singh. “By saying they won’t sell farmers’ produce they’ll only cause losses to the farmers,” he said, according to a news source.

“The country has about 12-14 crore farmers. There will always be organisations with a following of 1,000, 500, 2,000, 40,000, 50,000 farmers. And it requires some unusual deeds to appear in the media. This is natural,” Mr Singh said at a media interaction where he highlighted that the production and productivity of the farm sector had improved during the NDA government’s four years.

On Friday, dramatic scenes were witnessed in various parts of the country as fresh produce was wasted or destroyed to make a point. For instance, voluminous quantities of milk were spilt on a road in inner Maharashtra while in Punjab, vegetables were similarly discarded to make a point.

The Congress’s RPN Singh said the BJP had promised farmers the moon when they were in the opposition. Once in power, the party only exploited them.


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