Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, April 5
Former state Chief Minister (CM) Bhupinder Singh Hooda today hit back at CM Manohar Lal Khattar over his statement in Karnal, alleging that the Opposition was instigating farmers against the BJP-JJP government.
“The CM is trying to cover up his failures by shifting the onus on the Opposition for the protests against the BJP-JJP leaders. Instead of levelling baseless allegations, the government needs to avoid confrontation with the protesting farmers,” said Hooda
On Saturday, the CM had faced farmers’ ire in Rohtak where he had gone for a condolence meeting. The protesting farmers had clashed with policemen.
Hooda said it was well known that the farmers’ agitation was “apolitical”. “The Congress is supporting them because their demands are just,” he said.
Alleging mismanagement in procurement, he said that the farmers were harassed at procurement centres and were being forced to register at the “Meri Fasal Mera Byora” portal. “It is not practical for farmers to first take their produce from fields to home and then to mandis,” he said.
Hooda demanded that the government should simplify the procurement process so that the farmers don’t have to face harassment in the grain mandis.