Even while farmers from neighboring states are coming in droves to stage a dharna at Jantar Mantar Defense minister Rajnath Singh has invited the farmers to discuss their problems. The famers are vehemently protesting against the new farm laws passed in the parliament.
There is logjam at the highway leading to Delhi as farmers are trying to push into the national capital with the police blocking their way since the last couple of days.
“I want to reassure the farmers of this country. They should end their agitation. I invite them for talks. I am the defence minister but I invite them as the son of a farmer. We can never cheat farmers,” Rajnath Singh said while speaking at a conference.
The Defence minister said the new set of laws will liberalise the farm sector and the farming community will only benefit from this. He said he was ready to discuss all outstanding issues with protesting farmers.
Talking about terrorism, he talked about the November 19 Nagrota encounter near Jammu. He said terrorists from across the border had infiltrated into India with the intention of carrying out a major terror attack akin to the 26/11 strike.
He also mentioned that there has been great changes in India’s response to terrorism during the last six years of the BJP government.
“Earlier, terrorists based in Pakistan had no fear. They knew no harm would come to them as India would at best criticise the terrorist activities at international forums or present a dossier with evidence,” he said.
“Whether it was the surgical strike after the Uri attack or the air strikes against terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot after the Pulwama incident, the strong actions taken by the Indian forces against terrorism have no parallel in the country’s military history,” he said.