Pune: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, on Thursday, said that farmers are being instigated to create unrest, but the government is not against the farmers. He also said that though some foreign elements are creating unrest in Kashmir, the situation is improving slowly and the government is working on Integrated Permanent solution for Kashmir.
Singh was in Mumbai for a programme on the completion of three years of the union government. Speaking with mediapersons on the sidelines of the programme, he said that the Centre as well as governments in BJP-ruled states are sensitive to the needs of farmers and was doing everything to meet the farmers’ demands and end the protests.
While talking on the farmers’ issue, he explained that the government is positive about the farmers issue, but these are related with the state governments and they would handle it. “No government has to take help of security forces against the farmers. We have assured that by 2022, farmers’ situation will improve and the income of farmers will increase.
But the government is trying to solve the problems of the farmers across the nation with the help of state governments,” he said.
“Farmers are the asset of the nation and the government will look after them, but the current issues are related to concern state government and the state have to take the final decision,” he explained.
He refused to talk about the death of the farmers during protests in Madhya Pradesh and said an investigation is underway.
He said he would wait for the report before commenting on the issue but accepted that security forces should not have been used against the protesting farmers.
The BJP has repeatedly alleged a ‘conspiracy’ behind the ongoing agitation. Senior party leaders, on Thursday, asked Rahul Gandhi to refrain from ‘politicising the death of farmers’.
Singh said that Rahul Gandhi should not forget that Congress is primarily responsible for the plight of farmers in the state.
The Home Minister appealed to farmers to show restraint and support the state governments that have promised to come up with solutions to their issues. “I accept that there is a crisis, but our state governments are capable enough of handling the situation,” Singh said.
While talking on Kashmir issue, he said that the government is ready to talk with anybody, but they must have some standing to talk with the government.
“The government will not put any obstacle in the path of the Kashmiri youths. We are with them in development,” he said.
When asked about the attacks from Pakistan on Indian Army and military base, he said that there were no major attacks on Indian military except Pathankot and Gurdaspur. The government has eliminated terrorism in North East, he said.
In his talk, he praised the government and tried to explain how the government and Prime Minister Modi has succeeded on various fronts.
“In last three years, the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed the developmental magnitude and political attitude,” he said.