PM should talk directly to protesting farmers, says Harsimrat Kaur Badal

“After several rounds of meetings if ministers are unable to resolve the farmers’ issues then Prime Minister Narendra Modi should directly talk to protesting farmers,” former Union Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Thursday said.

Kaur also took a dig at Punjab BJP unit and said the Punjab BJP was trying to defame the farmers’ protest by accusing peasants farmers of indulging in politics.

“It is strange that farmers are spending nights in open during the chilling winters and even then their demands are falling on deaf ears. Farmers are dying at the doorstep of the central government while protesting for their demands. Who will be responsible for deaths of ‘annadaatas’ of the country?” said Kaur who resigned from the Narendra Modi cabinet on 17 September 2020 to protest against few farmer related ordinances and legislation.

Meanwhile, the ‘Delhi Chalo’ farmers’ agitation has entered the 44th day.

The latest round of talks to be held at Vigyan Bhavan at 2 pm Friday is crucial as the previous meeting on January 4 remained inconclusive with both sides sticking to their positions.

Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders.

The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system being retained.