Pawar slams Governor for not meeting farm leaders

Mumbai: Leaders of different organisations, including the NCP chief Sharad Pawar, on Monday came down heavily on the Maharashtra governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari for suddenly heading to Goa without taking the memorandum of the agitating farmers of the state.

Lashing out at the Governor, the NCP supremo Pawar said that Maharashtra has never seen such a Governor before. “He has the time to meet Kangana (Ranaut) but not the farmers. It was the moral responsibility of the Governor to come here and meet the farmers,” he said.

Taking a strong exception over the new farm laws, Pawar said that the Centre may pass any law undermining the Constitution and on the back of its majority, but once the common man and farmers rise, they will not keep quiet until the new farm acts and the ruling party are destroyed.

Pawar who joined the farmers rally at Azad Maidan to express solidarity with the farmers agitating near Delhi, he hit out at Maharashtra Governor Koshyari for leaving for Goa at a time when peasants from the state were to submit a memorandum to the latter against the farm laws.

The NCP chief said Koshyari, who holds the additional charge of Goa, had time to meet Bollywood actress Kangana after the BMC last year demolished parts of her office here, but has no time for farmers.

“You (Union Government) may pass any law undermining the Constitution, not keeping in with the reputation of Parliament and destroying the Parliamentary system on the back of your majority. But remember one thing, once the common man and farmers of the country rise, whether you withdraw the laws or not, they will not keep quiet until they destroy you and the laws,” Pawar said during the rally.

The former union agriculture minister alleged that the farm laws were passed without detailed discussion in Parliament despite opposition parties demanding deliberations on the bills concerned. The bills could have been discussed by a select committee, but that did not happen, he said.

The state Congress chief and Maharashtra minister for Revenue, Balasaheb Thorat, All India Kisan Sabha general secretary, Hannan Mollah and others also addressed the rally held at Azad Maidan in Mumbai.

On the other hand, the union minister and RPI leader, Ramdas Athawale claimed that the farmers rally was being organised only for “publicity.” He asserted that the central government is on the farmers’ side and ready to give justice to the peasants. However, the NCP, an ally of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government, accused Athawale of insulting farmers by calling the protest in Mumbai as a ‘publicity stunt’, and asked him to apologise to all the peasants. Thousands of farmers from across Maharashtra had reached Mumbai to participate in a rally in the state capital on Monday against the Centre’s three new farm laws and to support farmers bodies agitating near Delhi over the issue.

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