Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav today joined protesting farmers at a rally on the Delhi-Jaipur road, which has been partially blocked, and criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for offering a “gift” that farmers did not. they want.
Yadav said that the failure of negotiations between the government and farmers, who want the new farm laws withdrawn, is due to the center’s unwillingness to understand the farmers’ demand.
“It is a strange negotiation. They are forcing a gift, which is not wanted in the first place. The prime minister says it is a historical gift, but the farmers do not want it,” Yadav told NDTV, referring to the new agricultural laws that the The government maintains that it will empower farmers and allow them more freedom to sell anywhere they want.
“Then the Prime Minister says, ‘We will change the gift wrapping.’ But farmers keep saying they don’t want it. The prime minister should think about the well-being of farmers and repeal the laws, “Yadav said.” We will not leave until the laws are withdrawn, “he added.
In several rounds of negotiations with peasant leaders, the government had offered to amend the laws and even give in writing that they would keep their word. But farmers have clung to nothing less than the complete withdrawal of laws that they say harm their interests, especially financial stability in terms of the minimum price of living and the mandi system.
Thousands of farmers have been camping on the outskirts of Delhi since late November.
The Delhi-Jaipur highway has been partially opened, only the Delhi-to-Jaipur side allowed, after a three-hour closure that began when farmers started a tractor march from Shahjahanpur on the Rajasthan-Haryana border today. A road was opened when farmers removed the blockade of the Delhi-Noida border in Chilla.
“We have not blocked the roads. It is a consequence of the fact that the police blocked us by putting up barriers. We are just trying to go to Delhi for the government to listen to us,” Yadav told NDTV.