PATNA: Bihar CM and senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Thursday spoke in support of the three contentious farm laws, saying ‘whatever legislations have been framed it all in the interest of the farmers.’
Talking to media persons after meeting the PM Narendra Modi at the Parliament House in Delhi, Nitish also said that the Union government had been holding talks with the farmers on certain issues in the three farm bills, and hoped that the issues between the Centre and the agitating farmers would be resolved in a day or two.
On being asked whether he had a discussion with the PM on the issue of agitating farmers, Nitish said there was no need of talking (with the PM) on the three farm bills.
“You all know our JD(U) stand on the farm bills. The Union government has been holding talks with the farmers, and it wants to hold further talks with the farmers. Talks are going on at some places. I hope the issue (between the Centre and farmers) will be resolved either today or tomorrow,” Nitish said.
Separate teams of farmers are holding dharna and road blockades on various Delhi borders for more than two months, demanding the repeal of the three contentious farm laws, which they find “pro-corporate” and against the existing Krishi mandi and MSP procurement systems.
However, the Centre has rejected their apprehensions as baseless, though at least 11 rounds of talks between the agitating farmers and the Centre have failed to end the ongoing deadlock.
“What is the aim of the three farm legislations?” Nitish asked and quickly replied, “They are in the interest of farmers. Whatever legislations have been framed in the three laws, they all are in the interest of farmers.”
It was Nitish Kumar’s first meeting with PM Modi after a coalition government headed by him assumed office in Bihar in November last year.
In fact, the CM did not go to the national capital since March last year after the country-wide lockdown was enforced due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Describing his meeting with the PM after a long gap, Nitish said he had to come to meet the PM to extend his thanks to the latter for the support he (PM) extended to the NDA candidates by making several trips to Bihar during the 2020 assembly elections.
“During the assembly elections, the PM made several trips to Bihar and extended all sorts of support to the NDA candidates. So I came to meet him and thank him,” Nitish said.
The CM further clarified that he came to meet the PM with no specific demand.
“There was no specific demand or issue. It was just like a mutual talk on different issues. In our alliance, we keep meeting and keep holding talks on a regular basis. I had not come to meet the PM with any demand. —- We keep talking on different issues be it environment, education,” Nitish told reporters.
On being asked whether he talked about the JD(U)’s inclusion in the Union cabinet, Nitish said there was no talk on such issues “from our side.”
“There was no talk on the issue of JD(U) inclusion in the Union cabinet from our side. We didn’t hold any talk on such issues, but we are together at the Centre,” Bihar CM said.
Nitish also made light of the tall claims of Bihar’s opposition parties which keep claiming that his coalition government would not last its full term, saying, “If they (opposition leaders) are getting publicity out of their claim, then there is nothing wrong with that. They (opposition leaders) are ignorant of ground realities in Bihar,” Nitish said in a lighter vein.
Nitish was accompanied by the JD(U) leader in the Lok Sabha and Munger MP Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh and the Nalanda MP Kaushlendra Kumar when he went to meet the PM in the Parliament House