With the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) starting their 75 hour dharna at Rajapur Mandi Samiti in the city of Lakhimpur in Uttar Pradesh to press their demands including the dismissal of Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in the Center of delaying justice for farmers.
Addressing a press conference, AAP Punjab Chief Spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was working in a spirit of revenge against farmers, for forcing him to cancel the three draconian farm bills last year.
Kang accused the Union government and the UP state government of jailing many farmers in bogus cases over the past year, even as the main defendant, the minister’s son Interior State Ajay Kumar Mishra, Ashish Mishra, who brutally ran over the farmers with his car and killed them, is free.
The leader of the AAP sought to know from the Prime Minister why the minister was not expelled from the Cabinet. He said neither the farmers got justice nor any strict action was taken against Ashish Mishra which again exposed the anti-farmers face of the Modi government. As a result, farmers in Punjab and other states were again forced to protest in Lakhimpur Kheri demanding justice, he said.
Kang accused PM Modi of deceiving the farmers and said the prime minister said he would give legal minimum support price (MSP) guarantee and for this a committee would be formed which would represent the farmers.
But the 23-member MSP committee defended the three farm bills during the farmers’ unrest. Punjabi farmers were not represented on the committee, he added.
Kang said all these things show that Prime Minister Modi is humiliating farmers in Punjab and taking action against them out of revenge. The anti-farmer face of the Prime Minister and the BJP governments has been exposed. The BJP government will never be pro-farmers because it is a pro-business party, he added.