The Shiv Sena on Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to respect the sentiments of farmers’ opposition and dissolve the new controversial agricultural laws, and said that doing so would “grow bigger” in stature.
In an editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece “Saamana”, the Center was accused of using the Supreme Court as a front to quell farmers’ protests.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the new agricultural laws until further orders and decided to set up a four-member committee to resolve the deadlock between the protesting farmers’ unions at the Center and Delhi’s borders.
The editorial said the deadlock over the issue continues despite the verdict of the apex court, adding that the farmers’ bodies have rejected the four members of the committee as they have allegedly supported farm laws in the past.
“Prime Minister Modi should welcome the protest and courage of the farmers. (He) should abolish the laws respecting the sentiments of the farmers. PM Modi will be much bigger than he is today. Grow up, Modi!” Marathi publication said.
There is a need to understand the sentiments of the farmers. If the government wants the situation not to worsen, there is a mention of a tractor rally planned by farmers’ bodies in Delhi on Republic Day.
It claimed that 60 to 65 farmers have sacrificed their lives in protest so far, and the country has not seen such a disciplined movement since independence.
The editorial also called the Center’s claim before the Supreme Court “shocking” that the “Khalistanis” had infiltrated the farmers’ protest.
“It is a failure of the government if the Khalistanis infiltrate the protest. The government does not want to end the protest and play politics by giving the movement the color of treason,” it alleged.
It claimed that “the government will stop the farmers by removing the ban on the implementation of laws once the protesters at the Singhu border (near Delhi)”.
“Therefore, what had to happen would be now. The farmers’ bodies are in the” mood or die “mood,” it said.
The Shiv Sena mouthpiece also asked if “lakhs of farmers” would be labeled “anti-nationals” if they did not uphold the Supreme Court verdict.
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