Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeal the three contentious farm laws.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have camped at the borders of Delhi since November, braving the cold, heat and rain, firm on their demand that the central government repeal the three farm laws that open up the country’s agriculture markets to private companies.
In his meeting with Modi, Singh said the continuing agitation was not only impacting the economic activities in his state, but also had the potential to affect the social fabric, especially when political parties were taking a strong position on the matter.
The Punjab CM pointed out that more than 400 protestors have lost their lives. He also said that the agitation can lead to security threats as Pakistan-backed forces were looking to exploit the farmers’ anger.
The farmers fear the central government’s new laws will make them vulnerable to corporate exploitation and would dismantle the minimum support price regime. The government, however, continues to claim that the three legislations are pro-farmer.