Rajnath Singh defends farm laws; says we are always in support of our farmers
Defence minister Rajnath Singh says Prime Minister Narendra Modi values the needs of the farmers hence he decided to introduce new farm laws in the country to empower them.
Addressing a meeting of booth presidents of the Awadh region in Sitapur, Rajnath Singh praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said when he sees farmers refuse to relent despite several explanations, he takes back the laws and decided to accept the farmers’ demands of recalling the three agri laws to ensure that the situation did not turn ugly.
“I have been born to a farmers’ family, and our party considers the farmers as God. One can just see how many times during the regime of Congress and other political parties, farmers were fired at. But we never wanted such a situation. The three farm bills were passed by Parliament, but we decided that if the farmers were not ready to listen, let us agree to their demands. Our heads would always remain bowed before our annadatas,” he said.
“In this UP, innocent ‘kar sevaks’ were fired at during the Samajwadi Party rule. But, we can neither open fire on farmers nor Ram bhakts,” Rajnath said, pitching the BJP as a pro-farmer government ahead of the 2022 UP assembly polls. He also referred to the Kisan Samman Nidhi of ₹6,000 per annum that the Modi government has been providing to farmers as proof of the government’s pro-farmer tilt.
“I was the chief minister when the then farmer leader Mahendra Singh Tikait decided to march till the chief minister’s office. The police officers wanted to stop him, but I said, no, we won’t stop the farmers, and we allowed them to march till the chief minister’s office,” he said.
“Where was the need to bring in Jinnah in these elections? There was no need to bring in such a person who was responsible for the division of the country,” Rajnath said, adding that several Muslims have also differed with Akhilesh’s remarks.
“I wish to congratulate my Muslim brothers for disagreeing with the SP chief’s remarks as all of them agreed that Jinnah was responsible for the country’s partition,” Rajnath said.
Talking about his recent visit to Rezang La in the high Himalayas in Ladakh, the defence minister Rajnath Singh said “I decided to visit to show respect to the country’s brave soldiers and laud their efforts who guard the borders even in -20 degrees Celsius temperature.
“I had gone to inaugurate the war memorial at Rezang La in memory of those brave soldiers who had laid down their lives to protect the country. Vastly outnumbered, yet they fought bravely and on coming to know of their bravery I ordered a grand war memorial in their memory,” he said.
“Just as soldiers are required to guard the country’s sovereignty, BJP too is required to give good governance to the country,” he said, adding that he was confident of the party coming to power with a two-thirds majority in the 2022 UP polls.
The former BJP chief also lauded the efforts of the Yogi Adityanath government in UP. “Today, there is fear among criminals, and law and order were never so good. The government is practicing clean politics,” he said.
Hitting back, the Samajwadi Party accused the BJP of “shifting the goalposts”. “The BJP is an expert at shifting the goalposts. We saw how after troubling the farmers, comparing them to terrorists, and doing everything it could to malign the farmers and their agitation, it finally withdrew the three black laws after realizing that the farmers weren’t ready to budge. Yet, such is their politics that they are now positioning themselves as pro-farmers. As for Jinnah, why don’t BJP leaders consult their topmost leader Lal Krishna Advani and check out his views on him? The BJP’s credibility is so low that the farmers have refused to believe them until they withdraw the three farm bills in Parliament. Moreover, this government has still not given any assurance on the law on MSP whereas we have already promised that when voted to power we would ensure that the kin of those farmers who died during the agitation are each given ₹25 lakh” said Samajwadi Party leader IP Singh.
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