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Farmer protests being used as an opportunity by disgruntled elements to destabilize govt, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Updated : December 12, 2020 10:03:42 IST

The protesting farmers have taken a maximalist position and have refused to withdraw their protests unless the three farm laws are repealed.

In an exclusive interview with News18's Marya Shakil, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that those representing the farmers are not specific about what they want. The three laws that farmers have demanded be repealed have nothing to do with minimum support price (MSP).

"The farmers' protest which is on questions of they not being clear is probably getting hijacked by such elements for whom protests in India is now becoming an exercise to recover some of their lost ground - bring the brotherhood from all over the world and also have all their old boys association stand up and speak from their respective think tank centers and also those who have a column space available for publishing in global newspapers to publish articles against this government. It looks as if these are all windows of opportunity for those disgruntled elements which are hijacking every protest to destabilize this government." Sitharaman said.

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Sitharaman highlighted that it was made clear that the MSP was not a part of the farm laws and it continued like before. "The new farming laws are for the larger good and if there are some farmers who had doubts about it, we could speak about it," she said.

"Rolling back of the farm laws as a demand cannot be on the grounds of large-good," Sitharaman said.

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Further, the finance minister also noted that contract farming already existed in Punjab and Maharashtra where the Congress party is in rule and they have never thought of repealing it.

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"However, when it is part of a central law, there is so much confusion about it?," she said.

Watch the video for the full interview.
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