Bengaluru: Former Chief Minister of Karnataka H D Kumaraswamy, warning about the country’s image because of the farmer’s agitation on Saturday said he feels that farmers should have an open mind towards experimenting with the new legislation.
The Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) leader however felt that there has to be proper coordination between the Centre and the protesters for this to happen.
“The remarks of senior Union Minister Rajnath Singh with respect to the new legislations have instilled a new hope,” Kumaraswamy said.
Kumaraswamy appealed to farmers to allow an experimental implementation of the new farm legislation.
In a series of tweets, he said for quite some time there has been a strong public opinion that the Indian agricultural sector is caught in a vicious circle, and it is very much necessary on our part to be ready for any experiment if it can bring about the welfare of the farm sector.
“Hence, I personally feel that farmers should have an open mind towards experimenting with the new legislation. But there has to be proper coordination between the Centre and the protesters,” he added.
According to the former CM, the ongoing farmers’ protest in Delhi outskirts against three farm legislations of the Centre has started attracting the attention of not only the country but the entire world. Close on the heels of concern expressed by the Canadian Prime Minister, parliamentarians from the US and Britain too have expressed their concern about the episode.
“The farmer’s agitations have created an impression that some trouble is brewing in India. It is my sincere wish that the reputation earned by India at the international level and its image should not be dented by the new farm legislation as well as the protests against them,” he said.
He also urged PM Narendra Modi to realize that the name earned by himself after becoming the PM may get blemished through such protests and said that the farmers too should not suffer any inconvenience
“Instead of the approach of sending an indirect message to protesting farmers through its programmes, the Centre should hold a decisive meeting under the leadership of the Prime Minister to end the farmer’s struggle”, he said.
“This is inevitable in the interest of protecting the country’s dignity. Of course, I am sure that Mr. Modi will act very cautiously when it comes to the country’s dignity. Let the problem be solved at the earliest,” he added.