Farmers' Protest: Agriculture Minister says ‘no pressure can influence PM Modi’

Farmers' Protest: Agriculture Minister says ‘no pressure can influence PM Modi’

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NEW DELHI: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar on Monday stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is dedicated to improving the economic conditions of the farmers' and that ‘no power could exert pressure and influence’ him.

Tomar also said, “At the time of the UPA government, Manmohan Singhji and Sharad Pawarji also wanted to enact these laws, but they could not withstand the pressure and influence. So they could not legislate these laws. But we are fortunate that Narendra Modiji is our Prime Minister today.”

“Modiji has no selfish interest. His single-point programme is the development of the country and the welfare of the people. He is fully dedicated to the single-point programme of making agriculture prosperous and improving the economic condition of the farmers,” the minister further added.

While addressing an event, PM Modi said that the government would keep working on strengthening Indian agriculture and farmers.

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Meanwhile, Social activist Kisan Baburao Hazare popularly known as Anna Hazare on Sunday announced that if the Centre fails to meet the demands of the concerning farmers, he would go on a hunger strike on January 2021. He further added that it would be his last protest.

Earlier this month, Hazare had written a letter to Union Agriculture Minister warning of a hunger strike if the demands of the farmers were not accepted.

Recently, the protesting farmers have cut power to around 1500 telecom transmission towers in the state, with over 150 targetted on the weekend, after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had called for an end to these disruptions.

The farmers have cut power supply to Reliance Jio’s mobile towers in Punjab, over the controversial farm reforms bill, which is set to change the agriculture economy.  The state is said to have a total of 9,000 Reliance Jio telecom towers.

Sources informed that the farmers have also called out for the boycotting of products from Reliance Industries and Adani Group, both of which are seen as beneficiaries of the new law, which opens up the agricultural commerce ecosystem, and allows corporations to directly liaise with farmers for produce, eliminating middlemen.

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