Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Saturday that anyone who believes that the Government of India (GoI) repealed the three controversial farm laws out of the goodness of its heart is completely mistaken.
Referring to the Government of India, the National Conference Vice President said that it only responds to cold hard numbers.
“Anyone who believes the government repealed the #FarmLaws out of the goodness of its heart is completely mistaken. This government only responds to cold hard numbers – bypoll setback = fuel price reduction. Poor internal polls numbers for Western UP & Punjab = #Farmlawsrepealed,” Omar said in a tweet.
Anyone who believes the government repealed the #FarmLaws out of the goodness of its heart is completely mistaken. This government only responds to cold hard numbers – bypoll setback = fuel price reduction. Poor internal polls numbers for Western UP & Punjab = #Farmlawsrepealed
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) November 19, 2021
Ever since GoI announced the repeal of farm laws, the opposition parties have criticized the move saying that it could have been solved earlier but doing it at this point is a sole election trend.
Earlier, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said that Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi repealed the farm laws after ‘seeing defeat’ in the elections.
In a series of tweets, she said that Modi didn’t care either about the ‘martyrdom of over 600 farmers’ or the Lakhimpur Kheri incident where protesting farmers were allegedly run over by the vehicle of BJP Minister Ajay Mishra’s son.
Mishra is the current Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, and represents the Kheri constituency of Uttar Pradesh.
Priyanka said that BJP leaders have insulted farmers by calling them ‘terrorists, traitors, goons, miscreants’. The Congress leader added that Modi himself called the agitators ‘andolanjeevi’.
The Congress general secretary said that it is difficult to trust the Prime Minister’s intention and his changed attitude.
“Now that you have started seeing the defeat in the elections, you suddenly started to understand the truth of this country… this country has been made by the farmers, this country belongs to the farmers, the farmer is the true caretaker of this country and no government can rule the country by crushing the interest of the farmers,” she tweeted.
“Fake apologies will not work in front of the real deaths of hundreds of farmers,” Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said referring to the repeal decision.
Pertinently, in UP, major opposition parties have said that decision was taken entirely on political consideration.