Shiv Sena senior leader and MP Sanjay Routh countered the Union Minister’s remarks. He suggested that if China and Pakistan were behind the farmers’ movement, they should immediately launch surgical strikes on them. The Union Minister said that if there was information that there was a hand of neighboring countries behind the farmers’ concerns, the Defense Minister should immediately carry out surgical strikes on those countries. This is a very serious matter … The President, the Prime Minister, the Union Home Minister and the heads of the three forces should meet immediately to discuss this.
Shiv Sena spokesperson and former Union Minister Arvind Sawant was also incensed by Union Minister Danve’s remarks. He said BJP leaders were talking insanely about losing power in Maharashtra. Farmers’ unions also responded. ‘It is a disgrace to the farmers. The peasants themselves are agitating. Not if someone inspires. ‘ Said Hannan Mollah, leader of the farmers’ association.