CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday asked the state unit of BJP’s Kisan Morcha to “raise sticks” and use “tit for like” method against the protesting farmers.
Addressing the unit here, Khattar asked them to form voluntary groups of 700-1000 farmers at different places in the state.
“Don’t worry… when you stay there (in jail) for one month, three months or six months, you will become a big leader, your name will be recorded in history,” he said.
Referring to the impact of the ongoing farmers’ agitation, the Chief Minister said that the problem is limited to the northern and western districts of Haryana, while it is not much in the southern districts.
Notably, Khattar also said that if any protest is to be suppressed, it can be done through a government order, but the protestors are “our own people, not enemies”.
Noting that the Constitution has undergone several amendments in the past also, the Chief Minister referred to the agricultural laws and said that if any lacuna remains after their implementation, the law can always be amended.
Terming the farmers’ “obstinate stand” on repeal of the laws wrong, Khattar said, “Admissions can be made (in agriculture laws) even today. But the way to stick to a democratic system is not right. “
Farmers have been protesting at various sites since November 26 last year against three enacted agricultural laws: the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Act 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.