Union Minister claims China, Pakistan behind farmers' protests  

WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Published: Dec 10, 2020, 12:30 PM(IST)

Police fire tear smoke shells to disperse the protesting farmers as they try to march to Delhi. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Farmers from across the country, mostly from Punjab and other northern states, are protesting three of the Centre`s farm laws that were passed in Parliament on September by voice vote, despite objection by opposition parties. 

Union minister Raosaheb Danve on Wednesday claimed that China and Pakistan were behind the ongoing protests by farmers, who are seeking repeal of three new farm laws. 

"The farmers` agitation that is taking place in Delhi is not that of farmers. The Central government is ready to spend for the benefit of our farmers. Countries like China and Pakistan have a hand behind these protests," Danve said while addressing a gathering at the inauguration of a Primary Health Centre in Maharashtra`s Aurangabad. This comes amid the mass agitation taking place in and around the national capital. 

Farmers from across the country, mostly from Punjab and other northern states, are protesting three of the Centre`s farm laws that were passed in Parliament on September by voice vote, despite objection by opposition parties. 

Earlier in the day, leaders of opposition parties including the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Communist Party of India (Marxist) met President Ram Nath Kovind to urged him to persuade the government "not to be obdurate" and accept the demand of protesting farmers for the repeal of three farm laws.

Farmer unions have rejected the government`s proposals on changes in the three farm laws and said the protest would intensify till the laws were repealed. Before Tuesday`s meeting, the government and farmer unions had held five rounds of talks.

The farmer unions had called a Bharat Bandh on Tuesday in support of their demand which was supported by several political parties. The farmers are protesting against the Farmer`s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmer (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

(With inputs from agencies)

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