New Delhi: Describing the unfurling of the religious flag at the Red Fort as ‘treason’, BJP leader and former Union Minister KJ Alphons said in the Rajya Sabha on Friday that farmer leader Rakesh Tikait cannot shed tears. Violence during their tractor parade demands the repeal of new agricultural laws.
Defending the three farm laws, Alphonse stated that there was nothing wrong with them.
Farmers protesting the laws at Delhi’s border points faced criticism following the violence during the January 26 tractor rally. However, the emotional outbreak of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Tikait gave a new impetus to the movement.
‘If you are doing a movement led by Mr. Tikait, and you ask people to take sticks with you and then you finally shed tears and sorry’ I did not know. There is a backbone, ‘Alphonse said during a discussion on the President’s Address to the Motion of Thanks.
He also accused the opposition of sowing seeds of discontent and hatred against the government.
‘When you sow the seeds of hatred against the government … you are sowing deep seeds of extremism. What happened in the Red Fort is treason. If not treason, then tell me what it was? ‘He told the House.
Discussing the issue, Congress leader Digvijay Singh challenged the BJP leader to debate the issue of minimum support price (MSP) of crops.
Strongly defending the new agricultural laws, BJP leader Neeraj Shakar asked the protesting farmers to identify those who have boycotted the President’s address and now participate in the debate to give a speech on the injustice done to the farmers Are taking
‘I want farmers to recognize these people. Some say that he wants his party to come to power in Punjab and Haryana, which is why he is giving a speech here. They have no sympathy for you (farmers). They are talking because they want to come to power, ‘he said, targeting the opposition.
In a clear swipe of Rahul Gandhi, Shakar advised the Congress MPs to ‘listen to their senior party leaders’ and said that if you decide on the basis of Yuvraj, the party … has come to 40 seats , She will reach the next level. Of 5.
Tikait is one of the 41 peasant leaders who are negotiating with the government on agricultural laws. Eleven rounds of formal talks between the Center and peasant leaders have failed to produce any tangible results. The government has offered a concession including suspension of laws for 18 months, which has been rejected by the unions.