What’s the prestige issue here ? SC asks the Govt

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Between the government and the farmers, eight round of discussions have already happened and there is no thaw in sight. Thousands of farmers protesting on the outskirts of Delhi have threatened to intensify their agitation on Republic Day with “Kisaan Parade” in the national capital and other parts of the country.

Many farmers have died in the last two months after protests began late November. Protesters maintain that they want nothing less than the repeal of the laws and the government is adamant that repeal is out of question and clause wise deliberations can be entertained.

The Supreme Court today made some sharp observations on the deadlock between the farmers and the government on the new agricultural laws, which have triggered the biggest protest in the farm sector in years.

Some important observations made by the Honourable Court are as:

“We are not experts on agriculture and economics. Tell us whether you will put these laws on hold or else we will do it. What’s the prestige issue here?” Chief Justice SA Bobde told the government. “We don’t know if you are part of the solution or part of the problem, the top court stressed.

“We have an apprehension that someday maybe, there might be a breach of peace. Each one of us we will responsible if anything goes wrong. We don’t want any injuries or blood on our hands,” the Chief Justice said during the hearing.

The top court said it is “extremely disappointed with government’s handling of this issue” and stressed: “We don’t see you are dealing with this issue effectively”. “We don’t know what consultations were carried? If vast majority says that laws are good, let them say it to (a) committee,” the court said, underlining “our intention to bring amicable solution”.

“Right to protest is intact. Right to protest should be exercised like (Mahatma) Gandhi ji’s Satyagraha. Do it peacefully,” the court said.

The court thus cautioned both the parties but more so the government as it wants it to show the magnanimity and empathy towards the citizens which have chosen it to represent them.




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