New Delhi: When Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik recently went to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the issue of farmers, he said he ended a fight with the PM, who was “very arrogant”, within five minutes.
Addressing a social function in Haryana’s Dadri on Sunday, Mr. Malik said, “He was very proud. When I told him that 500 of our own farmers had died, he asked, ‘Did they die for me?’ ”
The governor said, “I told him, yes, since you are the king. Anyway, I got into a fight with him. He asked me to meet Amit Shah and so did I.”
He said that when a dog dies, the PM sends letters to express his condolences.
Mr. Malik has been taking a dig at the government and the BJP leadership, especially on the issue of farmers, and has repeatedly reiterated that he is not afraid to be asked to step down. He was appointed as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and Goa before being posted to Meghalaya.
His remarks come after the Center in November 2021 withdrew three controversial Agriculture Acts, one of the longest-running protests by farmers at Delhi’s borders, to complete a year on November 26.
PM Modi had said that a committee of state and central representatives, farmers and experts will be constituted to make the minimum support price system more transparent and effective.
Mr Malik on Sunday said that the Center will have to work sincerely to withdraw cases registered against farmers during protests against agriculture laws and to give a legal framework to MSPs for crops.
“But if the government thinks that the movement is over, it is not. It has only been suspended. If farmers have been treated unfairly or if any excesses have taken place, the agitation will resume,” he said in a statement. Said on the occasion. Program in Charkhi Dadri, Haryana where he was honored by Phogat Khap.
Taking advantage of the opportunity after the repeal of agricultural laws, farmers should take decisions in their favor such as a legal framework for MSP, Mr Malik said.
Last month, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said that the three agriculture laws could be re-introduced at a later date. “We take a step back and we will move forward again because farmers are the backbone of India,” he said.
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