Farmers' Protest: Lekhi Apologises For 'Hooligan' Remark, Tomar Says Open For Talks

BP World Bureau | Jul 23 2021 11:19:08 AM
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NEW DELHI: A group of farmers continued their protest against the controversial farm laws at the Jantar Mantar in Delhi. 

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar insisted that the government will listen to the farmers with an open mind.

He said that if farmer unions pointed out their objections to the provisions of the three farm laws, the government would be ready to discuss them.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had granted permission to the farmers to hold a demonstration at Jantar Mantar.

Farmers organisations are protesting against three contentious laws; 

  1. Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020, 
  2. The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020,
  3. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.

Read: Why Are Farmers Protesting Against Three New Laws? 

Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi apologised for her "hooligans not farmers" remarks, saying that her comments were misinterpreted. 

She said that her comments were about the Red Fort violence on January 26 and the attack on a media person.

"I said only hooligans, not farmers can indulge in such activities," she said. 

Lekhi is the Union Minister of State for External Affairs.