CM Arvind Kejriwal (Photo Credit: File)
Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party National Convener Arvind Kejriwal along with AAP volunteers across the country held a day-long hunger strike on Monday in support of the farmers protesting against new farm laws. Addressing the volunteers at the party headquarters CM Kejriwal said that these farm laws are not only anti-farmer but also anti-people and this will cause a massive price hike as these laws have given a license to do the same and these laws are brought only to benefit some capitalists. He said that these laws say only if prices of farm products double within a year then only the government can launch raids against the hoarders, and despite being a Chief Minister, he cannot raid the hoarders because these laws have tied his hands. Kejriwal said that today, the country is in crisis because the farmers are in crisis. The foundation of any country is farmers and jawans, and the country cannot grow when farmers and jawans are in crisis.
CM Kejriwal said, “I want to thank everyone today who is standing in support of the protesting farmers. I want to thank all those who have joined these farmers in this day-long hunger strike too. Today our country is in a crisis because the farmers are distressed. Farmers and the jawan are the foundations of any nation. When the farmers and jawans are in distress then how the nation can stay well. Today the farmers are protesting in this winter sitting at the streets on the border of Delhi against the anti-farmer laws passed by the BJP ruled central government. I am very happy to see that the whole nation is standing beside these farmers. Doctors, army men, singers, Bollywood celebrities, lawyers and many others are standing beside these farmers. Many people have not been able to reach the Singhu border to show their support for the farmers but from their heart, they are with the farmers.”
Arvind Kejriwal continued saying that from the very first day the Aam Aadmi Party is standing beside the former shoulder to shoulder. We have supported the farmers. When the farmers were coming from Punjab they faced atrocities from the police. They faced massive lathi-charge, tear gas shells and other kinds of police atrocities. When the farmers were about to reach Delhi the BJP ruled central government asked the Aam Aadmi Party government to provide nine stadiums of Delhi. The BJP ruled central government wanted to establish makeshift prisons to jail these protesting farmers. The Aam Aadmi Party government immediately rejected this proposal and returned the file to the central government. We stood rock solid beside the farmers.”
CM Shri Kejriwal said, “I know many of our MLAs and leaders who are continuously serving the protesting farmers. I told them not to wear caps of the Aam Aadmi Party or to carry any banner of the party. The Aam Aadmi Party volunteers have worked for the farmers as their caregiver. I also visited the farmers as a caregiver. I told our leaders that if the nation survives then only the Aam Aadmi Party will survive and if the farmers survive then only the Aam Aadmi Party will survive. All of us are working as caregivers for these protesting farmers. “ CM Kejriwal said, “These farmers are protesting following the method of nonviolence. They have faced police atrocities but never did any kind of violence. But the BJP leaders are telling them that they are agents of China and Pakistan. They are calling them anti-nationals and terrorists. Sons, brothers and family members of these farmers are fighting in the borders to save our country. The politicians who are saying such things should be ashamed. This is unacceptable. I want to request all these politicians who are trying to defame these farmers to immediately stop these dirty politics. “
CM said, “These anti-farmer laws are not only devastating for the farmers but also very dangerous for every citizen of India. The price of the day to day items will increase if these laws come into play. These laws have given free license to the price hike’. He said that these laws allow unlimited hoardings. He emphasized that these laws will cause massive price hike and running the families will become very difficult. These laws are not only anti-farmer but also anti-people. These laws are here just to favour some capitalists. MSP should be legalized.