Social activist Anna Hazare has threatened to travel on a fast if his demands on issues concerning farmers aren’t met by the Union government by the top of January next year, and said it might be his “last protest”.
Speaking to reporters in his Ralegaon Siddhi village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra on Sunday, Hazare said had been holding protests for cultivators since the last three years, but the govt has done nothing to resolve the problems .
“The government is simply giving empty promises thanks to which I don’t have any trust left (in the government)…Let’s see, what action the Centre takes on my demands. they need sought time for a month, so I even have given them time till January-end. If my demands aren’t met, i will be able to resume my huger strike protest. this is able to be my last protest,” the 83-year-old said.
On December 14, Hazare wrote a letter to Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar warning of a fast if his demands just like the implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee’s recommendations and granting autonomy to the Commission for Agricultural Costs and costs (CACP), weren’t accepted.
Senior BJP leader and former Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade recently met Hazare to elucidate him the small print of the three farm laws introduced by the Centre.
Hazare observed a quick on Immaculate Conception in support of the Bharat Bandh called by farmer organisations demanding a repeal of the agri laws.
Farmers are protesting at borders of Delhi for over a month against the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, and therefore the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The three farm laws, enacted in September, are projected by the govt as major reforms within the agriculture sector which will remove middlemen and permit farmers to sell anywhere within the country.
However, the protesting tillers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the security cushion of Minimum Support Price and do away with the mandis, leaving them at the mercy of massive corporates. The Centre has repeatedly asserted that these mechanisms will remain.