Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday criticised the Centre for excluding state governments and not consulting them on the three new contentious farm laws, which has triggered protests by farmers since the last one month.

The clearance of the laws has prompted thousands of farmers to camp on the borders of the capital since November 26.

In a stinging remark, the NCP supremo said that the agriculture sector of the country can’t be run sitting in Delhi. “Agriculture can’t be travel by sitting in Delhi because it involves hard-working farmers in villages and a much bigger responsibility for this subject lies with state governments,” Pawar told press agency PTI.

Pawar also countered the fees by Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who has said that the NCP leader wanted to introduce an equivalent legislation during the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government but couldn’t do so, due to the political pressure.

“I and Manmohan Singh also wanted to bring some reforms within the agriculture sector but not within the same way because the current dispensation did. that point the agriculture ministry held long deliberations on the proposed reforms with agriculture ministers of all states and experts of the world ,” Pawar said.

“So, when a majority of agriculture ministers had some reservations, it had been the duty of the central government and mine to require them in confidence and resolve their issues before moving ahead,” Pawar said.

Attacking the arrogance posed by the govt while introducing the three farms law, Pawar said, “How can a government say during a democracy that it won’t listen or it won’t change its line? during a way, the govt bulldozed these three bills.”

Had the Centre consulted state governments and brought them in confidence, then such a situation wouldn’t have arisen, Pawar said.

The NCP chief, whose party may be a one-third stakeholder within the Maharashtra government, has also alleged that farmers aren’t a priority for the govt . “If farmers would are the priority of the govt , this problem wouldn’t have continued for therefore long. Then they assert there are farmers only from Haryana, Punjab and western Uttar Pradesh who are protesting,” Pawar said.

“Have they not contributed to the general food security of the country?” Pawar asked.

Pawar’s remarks come following the Centre’s invite to protesting farmers for a gathering on Wednesday in Delhi to debate the three farm laws after farmers’ unions agreed to restart negotiations with the govt during a bid to resolve the stalemate. The invite comes amid one among the most important strikes by the farmers’ unions on the borders of the capital in decades to demand that the Centre revoke the three laws approved by Parliament in September.

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