Sanjay Raut defends farm protest, dismisses that protesters are misguided

Sanjay Raut

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena spokesman and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut on Tuesday again defended the protests of farmers in Delhi border and said that farmers opposing the Agriculture laws are not misguided.

Reacting to the senior BJP leader and union minister, Nitin Gadkari’s statement that farmers have been misled, Raut said, “When farmers from Punjab voted for you, were they misled then? When they vote for you then there is no misguiding. When they raise their voice against you in democracy, then you say they are misguided or kept in the dark. This is wrong.”

Supporting the new agriculture laws Gadkari said that they should come and understand these farm laws. The Narendra Modi government is dedicated to farmers and is ready to accept the suggestions given by them, he said and claimed that there will no injustices with the farmers in the Modi government.

The senior union minister suspected that there are some elements who are trying to misguide farmers by misusing this protest. This is wrong. Farmers should try to understand the three laws, he urged. The union government is working in the interest of farmers. He said dialogue is the only way to find a solution to protest by farmer unions and a break in talks can lead to miscommunication.

The union minister also pointed out that photographs of those “who have nothing to do directly or indirectly with demands of farmers” have been seen during the protest over farm laws, noting that a photo of a “jailed person” from Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district was seen in the protest and also of people “who gave anti-national speeches in Delhi.”
Gadkari had said, “People who gave anti-national speeches in Delhi, who have no relation with the country and farmers, who have nothing to do directly or indirectly with the demands of farmers, their photos have been seen. Please tell me how they came in this. There are some elements who are trying to mislead the farmers by taking advantage of the agitation. I feel it is wrong.”

However, Raut retorted by saying that whoever speaks against the government is branded as anti-national. The farmers are sitting in protest. They belong to Punjab. Half of their families serve in the Army. But they are called anti-national. If I say something against the government then it will be called anti-national. “You call opposition as anti-national, then it is like an emergency. The government has no standards. It is a democracy and you have to listen to the voice of the Opposition,” Raut asserted.

The Shiv Sena MP also justified the tweets of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who slammed the Central government over its stand on dissenting voices in the country. In a tweet, the former Congress president said, “For Modi Govt: Dissenting students are anti-nationals. Concerned citizens are urban Naxals.”