Anti-social elements conspiring to spoil farmers protest, claims Agriculture Minister

“Anti-social elements are conspiring to spoil the atmosphere of the peasant movement under the guise of farmers,” Agriculture Minister said tagging a media report about posters coming up at farmers’ Tikri Border protest site demanding release of some activists arrested under various charges.

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New Delhi: As the farmers threaten to intensify their agitation against recently passed farm laws, the Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar
again urged them to return to the dialogue table.

Meanwhile, as posters of Delhi riots accused Sharjeel Imam and Umar Khalid spread apparently from the protest site, it created strong uproar.
Apparently reacting to the objectionable posters, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, “Anti-social elements are conspiring to spoil the atmosphere of the peasant movement under the guise of farmers.”

Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to farmers’ unions to be vigilant against their platform being misused.

“Anti-social elements are conspiring to spoil the atmosphere of the peasant movement under the guise of farmers,” he said tagging a media report about posters coming up at farmers’ Tikri Border protest site demanding release of some activists arrested under various charges.

The minister also said that government had said in parliament that minimum support price (MSP) mechanism will continue and had clearly conveyed its intentions.

“I don’t want to say anything on this matter, but I do want to urge farmer unions that the government is talking to farmers and their leaders over their demands. Their agitation should not be distracted, this is their accountability,” Tomar said when asked if there were some powers not allowing the issues to be resolved between farmer unions and centre.

Referring to demands concerning MSP, he said the mechanism will continue.

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“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken about this and I had assured on the floor of both the Houses. If it’s being said in Parliament, it is a recorded document. It expresses the intention of government. There can be no document more powerful than that. MSP will continue. No one should doubt it,” he said.

They have rejected Centre’s proposals to make amendments to the laws and said that they would intensify their agitation by blocking railway tracks.

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