Prime Minister Narendra Modi breaks silence on farmer protests : solution will be found out by talks, distance between us is only one call away


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has broken the silence on the demands of farmers protesting against the new agricultural laws.  In the all-party meeting on Saturday for the budget session of Parliament, Modi said, “The government is always ready to talk to the farmers. Efforts are on to solve the farmers’ issues. The proposal made by the government on 22 January is still intact.  Solution should come out of negotiations”.  He said in the meeting, “I want to repeat what the Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said to the farmers. He had said that we have not reached agreement (on new agricultural laws), but we are proposing to you. I’m just a phone call away from you.  Whenever you call, I am ready to talk. In the meeting, opposition parties said that the agricultural laws should be discussed again in both houses of Parliament. The Central Government on 20 January proposed to hold the law for one and a half years to the farmers. On January 22, the Agriculture Minister had said that the implementation of the laws could be increased from one and a half to two years, but the farmers had also rejected it.

On 26 January, farmers on Saturday celebrated Gandhiji’s death anniversary as Sadbhavana Divas in protest against the violence at the Red Fort, later on the Singhu and Tikri borders. During this time the farmers kept fast for a day. Yogendra Yadav said that the culprits should be punished.  The farmers are ready for talks with the government from day one.

Political parties have started openly supporting Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of Bhartiya Kisan Union. On Saturday, UP Congress President Ajay Kumar Lallu, Delhi Congress leader Alka Lamba, Congress MP from Haryana Deepender Singh Hooda and INLD chief Abhay Singh Chautala also reached Ghazipur border with supporters.

25 panchayats in 9 districts in Haryana announced the boycott of BJP-BJP leaders on Saturday.

A large number of farmers are reaching the Ghazipur border in support of Rakesh Tikait.  The administration has closed NH-24 connecting Delhi Ghaziabad.  PAC, RAF have been deployed. The Union Home Ministry has shut down the internet at Ghazipur, Tikri and Singhu border in Delhi till Sunday.