As three farm laws have come into the effect in the country, Haryana BJP chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar publicly vowed that he would not allow the farmers of neighboring Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh to sell maize and bajra crops in his state. (File photo, image courtesy: IndianExpress)

Haryana CM threatens to violate ‘One Nation One Market’ spirit of the new Farm Laws

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is busy highlighting the positive aspects of three recently passed farm laws and claiming that One Nation, One Market policy would greatly benefit the farmers across the country Haryana BJP chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has publicly vowed that he would not allow farmers of neighbouring Rajasthan and Punjab to sell maize and bajra crops in his state.

In a video which has gone viral he is seen welcoming the three new farm legislations, yet he is heard saying why the governments of Rajasthan and Punjab are not purchasing maize and bajra crops of their own farmers on Minimum Support Price (MSP). The farmers of Haryana had to suffer loss due to the sale of maize and bajra crops by the farmers of these two states, Khattar said further adding that his government would from now onward not allow this to happen.

Incidentally, both Rajasthan and Punjab are ruled by Congress. Haryana chief minister’s remarks go against the letter and spirit of the recently enacted farm laws. The video in circulation is of September 17, the day Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the Narendra Modi cabinet in protest against the passage of two of the related Bills. The SAD later left the National Democratic Alliance.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday continued to laud the recent enactment of three farm laws and accused the opposition parties of misguiding the farmers of the country. He said that the farmers are being provoked to set ablaze the very equipment which helps them produce food-grains. On the other hand farmers of Punjab continued to be on warpath on Tuesday. On Monday they even held a rally in Delhi and set on fire a tractor. They were said to be the supporters of Congress. The farmers in Punjab have extended ‘chakka jam’ till October 2.   

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