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Don’t test the patience of farmers: Initiate talks and accept the demands, or face intensified social boycotts

Don't test the patience of farmers: Initiate talks and accept the demands or face intensified social boycotts

Eastern Times, New Delhi : Since Wednesday morning, heavy rains are causing a great deal of disruption and losses in the protest sites at Delhi borders, in the ongoing farmers’ movement. It has been a chaotic situation with regard to food and accommodation, due to the rains. Roads and several parts of the protest sites have been filled up with rainwater.

It is still raining, and there is forecast of more rain from Meteorological Department. Despite all this disruption, farmers have tried to handle the situation calmly within the available resources. The message of the possibility of rain was conveyed to all farmers yesterday only. The greater the impact of rain is, the greater is the confidence of farmers. For six months now, in all such circumstances, in the absence of any government facilities and support, the protesting farmers themselves are handling such situations.

In the struggle that farmers have been fighting for so long, they have raised their demands peacefully. The government made all efforts to discredit the farmers but was unsuccessful. The government takes full credit for increasing production or export in any crop or state.

The government, which pretends to do the welfare of farmers, should also take responsibility for every human loss and other loss taking place on the borders of Delhi. The duplicity of BJP has now come to the fore.

So far, more than 470 farmers have been martyred in the farmers movement. Many agitators have had to leave their jobs, education and other work. The government’s attitude meanwhile shows how inhuman and careless it is towards its own citizens, the anna daatas.

If the government cares about its farmers and wants their welfare, then it should initiate dialogue with the farmers and accept their demands.

Tuesday, it was not just the Union Agriculture Minister Mr Narendra Singh Tomar who faced the ire of farmers. While that was in Madhya Pradesh, a BJP MLA Jogiram Sihag of Barwala in Haryana was gheraoed by protesting farmers at Mayyad toll plaza in Hisar, and the MLA had to apologise to the farmers with folded hands for not making even a single statement so far in support of farmers. The police violence against farmers did not dampen their spirits, and the determination of the farmers to continue their protests is clearly strong.

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