Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said the continuing turmoil of thousands of farmers will come to a close in minutes if the government so chooses.
“If the government so wishes, it could end the issue by sitting down with the peasants in half an hour,” Raut told ANI news agency. The parliamentarian also suggested the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “resolve the stalemate in five minutes”.
“If the Prime Minister intervenes, the matter will be resolved in five minutes. Modi ji is such a great leader, everyone will listen to him. You start the talk yourself and see the miracle that happens, ”said the leader of Shiv Sena.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana are protesting near Delhi calling for the repeal of three controversial agricultural laws passed by Parliament in September. Farmers have said the laws will reduce their earnings and give companies more control.
The protest has entered its third week, but there are no signs of a resolution of the stalemate between the farmers’ unions and the government. Five rounds of talks have been held so far, but the stalemate continues. While the government is saying it can hold multiple rounds of talks, farmers’ organizations are determined to demand that the three laws be repealed.
Entered into force in September, the three agricultural laws were designed by the Center as major reforms in the agricultural sector that will remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country. However, farmers’ organizations have expressed fears that this will pave the way to eliminate the minimum price support (MSP) cushion and do away with mandis, leaving them at the mercy of large companies.