Protests by Indian farmers continue. According to the Financial Express and other Indian media sources, Indian Prime Minister Modi delivered a speech to Madhya Pradesh farmers on the afternoon of the 18th local time, and defended the government’s intention to reform the agricultural sector.
According to the report, the speech was regarded as another attempt by the Modi government to persuade farmers to accept the agriculture-related bill.
According to the Financial Express, Modi spoke to local farmers at an event in Madhya Pradesh at about 2 p.m. that day to defend his government’s intention to reform the agricultural sector.
The report believes that Modi’s speech in Madhya Pradesh is part of the Indian government’s continuous efforts to appease farmers.
In response to the recent peasant protests, Modi said in his speech that farmers have complete freedom to sell their agricultural products. Modi also said that farmers should see those who use them.
The report mentioned that Modi repeatedly said that farmers were misled by the opposition party.
Without naming, Modi said that some political parties tried to profit from these protests.
The report also said that Modi’s speech came at a time when Indian farmers continued to protest against the recently enacted agricultural-related bill, and the number of protests against farmers was increasing day by day.
Since November 26, Indian farmers have held protests in the capital, New Delhi and other places, despite the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, against the government’s three agricultural reform bills – the Agricultural Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, the Farmer (Authorization and Protection) Price Guarantee Agreement and Agriculture.
Services Act Basic Commodities (Amendment) Act. According to Tomar, India’s minister in charge of agriculture, rural areas and farmers, “These bills are historic and will make a difference in farmers’ lives.
Farmers will be able to freely trade their agricultural products anywhere in the country.” However, farmers asked the government to repeal the above-mentioned bill and continue to maintain the current guaranteed “minimum support price” system.
Tens of thousands of farmers headed for the capital New Delhi. They built protest camps and blocked highways on the main roads entering the city. During this period, Indian police clashed physically with protesters, and even used tear gas and water cannons.