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Denying farmers’ death toll in Parliament shows inhuman and arrogant face of Modi’s minister Tomar: Harpal Singh Cheema

…..Insulted martyred farmers by spending Rs 8 crore of the exchequer on advertisements to justify anti-farmers black laws

….Indians are seeing modern-day ‘Nero’, farmers are dying and Modi is busy marketing his black laws

Chandigarh, February 13, 2021

Commenting on the statement made by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Parliament on the number of farmers who lost their lives during the farmers’ agitation, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said that the Union government was proving to be irresponsible, inhuman and arrogant towards its people. In a statement issued from the party headquarters, senior leader of AAP and Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Punjab Assembly, Harpal Singh Cheema, said that the centre government’s failure to provide details of the deaths of its own farmers proved that Prime Minister Narendra Modi government was an irresponsible government who are enslaved by the corporates to such an extent that they are willing to ignore the deaths of their own farmers.

He said that it was inhuman and arrogant for Union Minister Narendra Tomar to say in the Parliament that there were no statistics on the number of farmers martyred during the agitation. Cheema said that the farmers had been claiming the centre’s new farm laws as ‘death warrants’ for a long time but the government, justifying the death warrants of the farmers, had spent Rs. 7.95 crore on its advertisements. He said that it was an insult to the martyred farmers that the Modi government had spent crores of rupees of the exchequer to promote pro-corporate laws. “So far about 228 farmers have been martyred but it was highly reprehensible that the government had no plans for their families,” he added.

Cheema said that the farmers were working day and night to produce food for the country and the sons of the farmers were protecting the country at the borders and getting martyred; rejecting the same farmer is the most dishonourable act that a government can conduct. He said that instead of listening to the farmers of the country, the Union government had been saying that the farmers should believe in the government, that these laws were in their favour, but how can the people of the country trust the government, who had been deceiving them by making false promises.

He said that the fact that the centre government did not have the number of martyred farmers proved that the Modi government was dishonest. Cheema said that the Union government had become so enslaved by a few corporate houses that without them, it could not see any other citizen of the country. He said that till now the proverb of playing the flute of Nero had been used, but now the people of India were seeing the ‘Nero’ of the modern age. Cheema said that the ‘annadatas’ of our country were being martyred while fighting for their rights, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi rather tolerate this than to displease his corporate bosses.