Amid ongoing farmers’ agitation against three central farm laws, Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Friday said that the Central Government is continuously inviting the farmers’ unions for talks and now the leaders heading the unions should realise their responsibility and give their suggestions to the Centre. The talks between farmer unions and the Government are imperative because no conclusion can be reached without talks, Dushyant said while talking to the mediapesons here.
He said that the Union Government is making efforts in this regard and the Supreme Court has also directed to hold talks so the leaders of 40 farmer unions who are leading these protests should participate in these talks for the better of farmers.
In reply to a question on amendment in the farm laws, Dushyant said that changes need to be made in the agriculture laws and in this regard written suggestions have been made to the Centre. The Central Government is ready to include the guarantee of MSP in writing, to make amendments to the Electricity Amendment Bill among other demands.
He said that if the Centre gives him responsibility to mediate on those changes that are not being included, he is ready to do the needful.
Under severe criticism for not snapping ties with the BJP in Haryana over the farmers’ issue, the Deputy CM said that he is always on the side of the farmers and in this regard he has already clarified a number of times that he is working towards ensuring the MSP system for farmers. The day this system is under threat, he will give his resignation and will in fact be the first one to go to the Governor and tender his resignation, he added.
In reply to another question, Dushyant said that Jannayak Ch. Devi Lal and senior BJP leader Late Mangal Sen had resigned for the rights of the state. Ch Devilal had tendered his resignation on the bypassing of state’s rights on the basis of Rajeev Longowal agreement.
At any time if there is any threat to the rights of the state, he will not step back from his responsibilities to the state.
He was the first one to clarify in regard to the Farmer’s protests that he is in favor of the demand for MS, he maintained.
On JJP MLAs extending support to farmers’ protest and growing pressure on the JJP to break ties with BJP, he said that there is no pressure on JJP and the BJP-JJP coalition government will complete its term.
The opposition parties were already dreaming of toppling the government in the first 30 days and the Government has already completed 400 days, he added.
While taking a jibe on Congress leaders, he said they don’t even know the difference between crops of Rabi and Kharif.
Citing many big movements, he said that till date all the movements that have taken place have been resolved by talks.
Dushyant expressed hope that there will be talks between the farmers and the Centre in coming few days and it will lead to a positive outcome.
He also said that during Anna Hazare’s movement for Lokpal, a decision could only be reached after discussions. The farmer unions should inform the government as to what all amendments they propose in the new agriculture laws and should have a detailed discussion on every single point, he added.