Farmers' protest: BJP's Raosaheb Danve claims China, Pakistan hand; NCP seeks Union minister's ouster

Accusing Danve of having insulted the farmers, the NCP also asked the Central Government to clarify if or not it shared Danve's view on the farmers' agitation

Press Trust of India December 12, 2020 22:37:25 IST
Farmers' protest: BJP's Raosaheb Danve claims China, Pakistan hand; NCP seeks Union minister's ouster

Protesting farmers at the Delhi-Haryana border. AP

Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday targeted BJP leader and Union minister Raosaheb Danve over his remark that China and Pakistan were behind the farmers' agitation outside Delhi. If the Union government did not share Danve's view, he should resign, the party demanded.

"The government should clarify whether this is its stand or that of Danve's (alone)," said Maharashtra minister and NCP's national spokesperson Nawab Malik. "If it is the government's stand then why (UnionA griculture Minister) Narendra Singh Tomar is holding meetingswith farmers? Why did (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah meet them and is holding discussions?" Malik asked.

Danve should immediately resign if what he said was not the government's stand, he said.

"He should be sacked if he is not resigning on his own. Danve has insulted farmers," Malik added.

Danve on Wednesday claimed that China and Pakistan were behind the ongoing protests by farmers who are seeking the repeal of new farm laws. NCP leader and Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar termed Danve's remark as "very childish".

"It is a very childish and meaningless comment. Thereis no need to attach importance to it. Farmers feed us," Pawar said. NCP's chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase described Danve's comment as "absolutely shameful", and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi immediately sack him.

Farmers had drawn inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi's civil disobedience movement, Tapase said, accusing the BJP-led Union government of "blatant indifference to the plight of farmers by stating that there will be no rollback of farm laws".

NCP spokesperson Clyde Crasto also hit out at Danve and said the Union minister should be rebuked for "rumour-mongering" if there was no truth to his claim.

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