A day before the government’s eighth round of talks with the unions involved in the struggle, SAD leader and former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Patil said the center had lost the confidence of the entire farming community and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should speak directly to the agitating farmers.
Expressing his grief over the plight of the farmers, the leader of the ruling BJP said in the song, “It is strange that farmers spend nights outdoors in the cold winter, and even then their demands fall on deaf ears.”
Song, who resigned from the Union Cabinet when three farm bills were passed in the Lok Sabha in September last year, was the Union Minister in an interview with PTI on what farmers have been up to in the last six-seven weeks.
“… I have been begging for months to please listen to the farmers before bringing these three bills in the cabinet meetings or in direct meetings with the top leaders of the central government to avoid the situation and struggle that has now arisen. They are the ‘breadwinners’ of the country, otherwise it will lead to protests and demonstrations but The plea fell on deaf ears, ”he said.
Asked who was responsible for the deaths of farmers during the struggle, Song said the center had lost the confidence of farmers across the country.
“Farmers are dying at the doorsteps of the federal government as they protest their demands. Who is responsible for the deaths of ‘Annadadas’ in the country? ”Said the song.
Badal, who spoke about the ongoing meetings between the protesting farmers and the center, said nothing was confirmed after seven rounds of meetings.
“If the problems of the farmers cannot be solved by the ministers, after several rounds of meetings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi should speak directly to the protesting farmers,” the song said.
He also attacked the Congress-led Punjab government and state chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, saying he had failed to fulfill his responsibility as the protector of the state and its people.
Both the Central and State Governments are equal partners in this crime against the farmers. While the farmers were sitting in Dharna, the Punjab Chief Minister was having fun at his farm house. Captain Amarinder Singh has failed to fulfill his responsibilities as the Chief Minister of Punjab and the protector of its people, ”the song said.
Harsimrat Kaur was the Union Food Processing Minister in the BJP-led NDA government at the Song Center and resigned when the bills were passed in the Lok Sabha.
Her husband and SAD leader Zubair Singh Patil had announced his resignation in the lower house when he took part in the debate on the three farm bills.
A few days later, the SAD withdrew from the ruling National Democratic Alliance, which had severed decades of alliance with the BJP.