, Liz Mathew
| New Delhi |
December 18, 2020 4:42:31 am
With farmer unions rejecting the concessions he proposed to end their opposition to the new farm laws, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Thursday slammed the Opposition parties and others for backing the protests to make “innocent farmers… puppets of their politics”.
In an open letter to farmers protesting at the gates of Delhi, Tomar said those stopping trains carrying supplies to soldiers at the borders, especially at a time when the situation in Ladakh is “challenging”, cannot be farmers.
The minister, who has been leading the government’s talks with the farmer unions, also referred to the call for boycott of “Indian products” – some unions had called for the boycott of products of the Ambani and Adani groups.
“At a time when the country is moving forward with its resolve of Atmanirbhar Bharat and vocal is going local, the intention of these people who have called for the boycott of India’s products must be identified,” he said.
Tomar’s letter was retweeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said the minister had…