Gopal slams BJP heavy handedness in dealing with protesting farmers

  • | Tuesday | 13th February, 2024

Coming down heavily on the high-handedness of the BJP-ruled Centre as well as the BJP-ruled Haryana government for taking brutal measures to stop the peaceful march of the farmers from reaching Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Delhi Convenor and Cabinet Minister Gopal Rai demanded that the farmers demand be met in consultation without any delay.  Addressing a press conference here, Rai alleged that the security measures taken by the Centre to control the farmers protest on February 13 is "more intense than that of the colonial era". A purported video showing nails and barricades along with other security measures at Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri borders was also played during the press conference by the AAP.  Several farmer associations, mostly from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab, have called for the march on February 13 to demand a law guaranteeing MSP for their produce, one of the conditions they had set when they agreed to withdraw their agitation in 2021.  "Farmers do the job of providing food to all. As they decided to stage a protest on February 13, the Centre has come up with extreme security measures that are more intense than those of the colonial era," Rai alleged.  "I urge the Centre to hold talks with the agitating farmers and resolve their problems," he said. Today, the BJP  government is crossing all limits and stopping the helpless farmers from raising their voices peacefully and democratically. More than 700 farmers died in the previous farmers movement during the Bharatiya Janata Party rule and the compensation the government had promised has not been given to date. The cases filed against the farmers have not been withdrawn, he said. Rai said that each and every leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party boasts in every media channel, on the streets that 80 crore people are being given ration. The Modi government gives ration to 80 crore people. Is the ration produced in the office of the BJP ? Who produces wheat, farmers produce it, who produces rice, farmers produce it. You want to harvest the election crop on the basis of the yield due to the hard work of the farmer. Now you are crossing all limits so that you can win the elections. The arrogance of the British was not left inside this country, elections are not everything if you attack the hearts of the farmers like this. Ahead of the farmers Delhi Chalo March, the Delhi Police has intensified security arrangements at Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri borders and installed nails along with barricades to prevent vehicles carrying protesters from entering the city  The Delhi Chalo March organised by around 200 farmers unions and a large number of farmers is expected to reach the national capital on Tuesday from the three states.

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