New Delhi: Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on farmers’ issues, Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik urged the people to vote out the Narendra Modi government in the next Lok Sabha election. Malik claimed that the law to guarantee Minimum Support Price (MSP) did not materialise as a friend of the PM wanted to purchase the grain from farmers at cheaper rates to sell it at higher prices in the market.
Addressing a function organised by the khaps of Jind district at Kandela village on Sunday, Malik said: “Even today, they (buyers) decide the price of our crops, not us. This time, it (farmer agitation) was a decisive battle to ensure fair prices of crops after implementation of the MSP. But why is MSP not being implemented? Pradhan Mantri ka dost hai jisane 50 acre me godam bana diya hai Panipat me, ye kanoon pass hone se pehle. (There is a friend of the Prime Minister who built a godown in Panipat before passing these laws). He needs wheat at cheaper rates. He will take your wheat at lower rates and will sell it at higher prices. This is the basic battle.”
“My tenure as a governor will end in the next six to seven months, and after that I will launch an outreach campaign to unite all the farmers of northern India,” said Malik, a veteran Jat leader from Uttar Pradesh.
Although close to the Bharatiya Janata Party, Malik in recent times has been critical of the party’s policies, particularly the farm reforms that saw widespread protests.
Malik said in a strong attack on the government. “The union government has failed to give a legal guarantee on the MSP because the Prime Minister’s friend, who had constructed a godown on 50 acres of land in Panipat before the three farm laws were brought, want to purchase wheat at lower prices and sell the same at higher prices and this is a battle between farmers and government.”
Commenting on the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Malik said BJP leaders and ministers had struggled to enter many villages in western UP, which went to polls in the first phase.
The governor also slammed the union government for labelling the Sikh community and farmers as terrorists after the Republic Day violence in 2021.