Amid mixed reactions to the prime minister Narendra Modiannouncement on repeal of three controversial agricultural laws, Bjp MP Varun Gandhi, who criticized the laws, said that many “innocent lives” of farmers could have been saved if the decision had been made earlier.
In a letter to Modi on Saturday, a BJP MP from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh wrote to the Prime Minister demanding Rs 1 crore compensation for such families, withdrawing “politically motivated false FIRs” against the protesters and making MSPs (minimum cost of support) to legal grounds. binding.
In addition, Gandhi asked the Prime Minister to take “strict measures” against Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra, whose son Ashish Mishra is under arrest for the October 3 incident in Tver. Lahimpur Heri.
“The heartbreaking incident is a stain on our democracy. I ask you to take appropriate and stringent measures against the trade union minister involved in this incident so that a fair investigation can be carried out, ”the BJP MP wrote in a letter.
Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in Lakhimpur Heri in Uttar Pradesh state on October 3 after a convoy of three SUVs, including one owned by Union MoS for Home Ajay Mishra, hit a group of protesters on farms. which led to a violent clash. Later, Ashish Mishra was arrested.
Gandhi is the first BJP leader to publicly push for action against the Alliance Minister for the Lahimpur Kheri Violence.
In the letter, Gandhi also indicated that many leaders in leadership positions made “provocative statements and created a hostile atmosphere around the movement that on October 3, five of our farming brothers were crushed to death by vehicles in Lakhimpur-Heri.”
The letter, which Gandhi began by thanking Modi for his “generosity” in announcing the repeal of three agricultural laws and the statutory guarantee of a minimum sustained crop price, went on to say: “More than 700 of our farming brothers and sisters have been martyred. in this movement as they protested peacefully under extremely difficult and hostile conditions. I believe that if this decision had been made earlier, all these innocent lives would not have been lost. “
He asked the Prime Minister to express his condolences to the families of these farmers and to declare compensation of Rs 1 crore.
“In addition, all politically motivated false FIRs, which were registered as weapons of persecution of our farmers during this movement, should be immediately canceled,” the letter says.
Gandhi also said the crop MSP should be legally binding. Pointing that smallholder farmers should receive favorable prices for their crops, he warned: “This movement will not stop without addressing this demand, and there will be widespread discontent among them, which will continue to manifest itself in one form or another. Therefore, it is very important for farmers to obtain the statutory MSP guarantee for their crops. ” He added that the MSP should be based on the C2 + 50 formula of the Agricultural Costs and Prices Commission.
“Democracy is based on constitutional discourse and sympathy. Farmers expect you to solve their problems responsively and in a timely manner. I believe that by accepting the demands of the farmers in accordance with the democratic and constitutional values of our country, your respect in the country will increase even more, ”said Gandhi.
Gandhi had previously written to Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, asking him to register the murder of those involved in the deaths of farmers in the Lakhimpur-Heri riots. He also demanded compensation and assistance to farmers and warned the BJP against tying farmers to Khalistani elements.