Updated: November 21, 2021 5:36:33 am
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on repeal of the contentious farm laws, BJP MP Varun Gandhi, who has been critical of these laws, on Saturday said that many “innocent lives” of farmers could have been saved had the decision been taken earlier.
Varun wrote to the Prime Minister seeking Rs 1 crore compensation for the families of these deceased farmers, to withdraw “politically motivated false FIRs” against the protesters, and to make minimum support price (MSP) legally binding.
In his letter, the Lok Sabha MP from Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh, also asked Modi to take “strict action” against Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra, whose son Ashish Mishra was arrested for the October 3 incident in Lakhimpur Kheri that led to the deaths of four farmers.
Varun is the first BJP leader to publicly seek action against the Union MoS for the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. “The heartbreaking incident is a blemish on our democracy. It is my request to you that appropriately strict action is taken against the Union Minister who has been connected to this incident, so that there is a fair enquiry,” he wrote.
Varun pointed out that many leaders in senior positions had given “provocative statements”, and an “adversarial atmosphere” was “created around the movement”.
Beginning the letter by thanking Modi for his “large-heartedness” in announcing repeal of the three farm laws and a statutory guarantee of MSP for crops, he wrote, “More than 700 of our farmer brothers and sisters have been martyred in this movement, as they peacefully protested in extremely difficult and hostile conditions. I believe if this decision had been taken earlier, all these innocent lives would not have been lost.”
He urged the Prime Minister to express condolences to families of these farmers and announce Rs 1 crore compensation for them
“Furthermore, all politically motivated false FIRS that have been registered as weapons of harassment against farmers during this movement must be immediately quashed,” he wrote.
Varun also said MSP for crops should be legally binding. Pointing out that small farmers should get remunerative prices for their crops, he wrote, “This movement will not end without the resolution of this demand and there will be widespread anger amongst them which will continue to emerge in one form or the other. Therefore it’s very important for farmers to get the statutory guarantee of MSP for their crops.”
He stated that MSP should be based on C2+50 formula of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices.
“Democracy runs on constitutionality discourse and empathy. The farmers expect you to solve their problems in a sensitive and timely manner. I believe by accepting the demands of the farmers according to democratic and constitutional values of our nation, your respect shall further increase in the country,” the BJP MP wrote.
Varun had earlier written to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath seeking to register a murder case against those involved in the death of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri violence. He had also sought compensation and relief measures for the farmers and had warned BJP against linking farmers to Khalistani elements.
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