Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi Thursday apologised for her “hooligans not farmers” remarks, saying that her assertion on the alleged assault on a media particular person through the “Farmers’ Parliament” at Jantar Mantar was “‘misinterpreted”.
A senior video journalist of a number one media channel was allegedly attacked through the protest organized by farmers towards the three farm legal guidelines at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.
“During a press convention at this time, my remark was sought on the Red Fort violence on January 26 and the assault on a media particular person (at Farmers’ Parliament). In response, I stated solely hooligans, not farmers can bask in such actions,” the newly inducted Union Minister of State for External Affairs stated Thursday.
“My phrases have been distorted, if it has damage farmers or anybody else, then I apologise and take again my phrases,” the minister advised information company ANI.
“Some individuals have been making movies and verbally abusing media. After a battle, a person hit me on the pinnacle with a lightweight stand. He hit me thrice with the sunshine stand. The man had an ID of some type that stated Kisan Media. I’m not certain if he was a farmer but it surely appeared he was sympathetic in the direction of the reason for the farmers,” the video journalist, who was allegedly attacked on the protest website, advised the information company.
At the press convention, Ms Lekhi stated: “They are usually not farmers, they’re hooligans… These are legal acts. What occurred on January 26 was additionally shameful criminals actions. Opposition promoted such actions.”
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Rakesh Tikait took cognisance of the remark and stated that farmers are “annadatas” (suppliers of meals) and never “hooligans”.
“Hooligans are those that don’t have anything. It is mistaken to make such remarks for farmers. We are farmers, not hooligans. Farmers are ‘anndatas’ of the land,” Mr Tikait stated.
“Such a comment is an insult to 80 crore farmers of India. If we’re hooligans, Meenakshi Lekhi ji ought to cease consuming meals grown by us. She needs to be ashamed of herself. We have handed a decision in ‘Farmers’ Parliament condemning her assertion,” one other farmer chief Shiv Kumar Kakka stated.
Mr Kakka additionally stated that motion needs to be taken towards the one that had allegedly attacked the journalist. “No matter which group the attacker belongs to – be it from the police or the federal government – we must always be certain that motion is taken and such incidents do not occur once more.”
Farmers, protesting at Delhi’s borders, have been permitted to carry a ‘Farmers Parliament’ from Thursday at Jantar Mantar restricted variety of attendees not exceeding 200 individuals for Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and 6 individuals for Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) from 11 am to five pm day by day.
Farmers have been protesting on the completely different borders of the nationwide capital since November 26 final yr towards three farm legal guidelines. So far, a number of rounds of talks, held between the Center and farmer leaders to interrupt the impasse between the 2 events, have didn’t yield any end result.