Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday asked the center to repeal the three agricultural laws and apologize to farmers for the violence against them in Karnal in Haryana.
“The way farmers were attacked in Karnal of Haryana is reprehensible. Such brutal actions create an atmosphere to incite farmers across the country,” Mr Gehlot tweeted.
About 10 people were injured on Saturday when police reportedly charged a group of farmers disrupting traffic on a national highway as they headed to Karnal to protest a BJP rally.
Mr Gehlot said Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar and Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala are making statements that make no sense.
He said Haryana government officials are issuing instructions for violent actions against farmers and the whole country condemns the police’s lathi charges against farmers, but the Haryana government is not taking any action against such officials.
“The Modi government should not test the farmers’ patience and immediately repeal the agricultural laws and apologize to the farmers,” Gehlot said.
The three agricultural laws, passed last September, have been projected by the Center as major reforms in the agricultural sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce all over the country.
However, the protesting farmers have expressed fears that the legislation would pave the way for eliminating the Minimum Support Price security cushion and abolishing the mandi system, leaving them at the mercy of big business.