Farmers' protest an old style by syndicate to create criminal confusion: Union minister MA Naqvi

NEW DELHI: Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has called the ongoing farmers’ strike a traditional experiment by a syndicate to create a “criminal confusion” in the country. On the other hand, the Narendra Modi government believes in negotiation and not confrontation, he said.
Talking to timesofindia.com on Tuesday, a day when the farmers’ unions had called for a Bharat Bandh, Naqvi said this kind of an experiment was not happening for the first time in the country.
“The defeated forces carry out this kind of an experiment every few months against the Modi government to get publicity. Ye pitey huye (defeated) political players hain,” he said.
Naqvi accused such “political players” of questioning all praiseworthy decisions of the BJP-led NDA government such as the surgical strikes, GST implementation, the measures to fight COVID-19, Rafale purchase and the likes.
The Congress first claimed that GST was originally their initiative. In the case of the farm laws also, they first said they were theirs. However, when these measures met with success, the party started confusing the people so that the Modi government does not get the credit.
“Their strategy is to create confusion when they cannot convince the people about their point of view.”
Naqvi said that the Modi government, however, was always in favour of negotiations and talks and not confrontation.
It has launched several welfare measures for the farmers’ empowerment such as crop insurance, electricity, agriculture reforms. “The farm laws are also for empowering the farmers. But the syndicate is hell-bent on spreading confusion in their traditional style,” he said.
Naqvi also compared the farmers’ protest with the Shaheen agitation and said a similar pattern could be seen between the two events.
The minister said there was a long history of such agitations being controlled by external forces. He said the ‘losers’ among the politicians and activists mislead the gullible people and then they hijack the agitations. Their strategy is to confuse the people if they cannot convince them.
“These losers open the entry gate for protests for the innocent people. Then they push them out through the exit gate and lock it,” he said.
The minister said the innocent women in the Shaheen Bagh protest were confused by the external forces. They were confused by being told that the Modi government would introduce a National Register of Citizens (NRC) after CAA.
Naqvi said they have adopted the same modus operandi in the case of the farm laws. They have confused the farmers by telling them that the minimum support price (MSP) would be abolished and the lands would be taken away, he said, adding that the Modi government has taken extraordinary steps for the welfare and empowerment of the farmers.
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