Dalal made the comment in Bhiwani in response to a reporter’s question over the “dying of 200 farmers”.
“Had they been at their properties, they’d have died there additionally,” Dalal mentioned.
“Take heed to me, out of 1 to 2 lakh, don’t 200 individuals die in six months?” he requested in response.
“Somebody is dying of a coronary heart assault and somebody after falling unwell,” he added.
A number of Punjab and Haryana farmers, collaborating in farmers’ agitation towards the Centre’s three farm legal guidelines at numerous Delhi border factors, have died of various causes together with cardiac arrest.
Hours after making the assertion, the Haryana agriculture minister mentioned he has seen “twisted” statements, attributed to him, on social media.
He mentioned “fallacious that means” was given to his statements.
“If anyone is damage by it, I tender my apology,” he mentioned, including he would proceed to work for farmers’ welfare.
He mentioned it’s painful if anybody dies.
Congress chief Randeep Singh Surjewala attacked Dalal over his remarks and mentioned such a press release can solely be made by an “insensitive” particular person.
“These phrases can solely be utilized by an insensitive man for agitating ‘annadatas’,” mentioned Surjewala in a tweet.
Haryana Congress chief Kumari Selja too slammed Dalal for his assertion.
“This response and laughter of the Haryana agriculture minister on the sacrifice of our farmer brothers are very unhappy,” she mentioned in a tweet.
Punjab Congress chief Raj Kumar Verka additionally demanded Dalal’s ouster from the Haryana Cupboard over huis “insensitive” remarks.
Hundreds of farmers have been protesting since late November at Delhi borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, demanding a rollback of the Farmers’ Produce Commerce and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Safety) Settlement on Worth Assurance and Farm Companies Act, 2020 and the Important Commodities (Modification) Act, 2020.
The protesting farmers have been expressing concern that these legal guidelines would pave the way in which for the dismantling of the minimal assist worth (MSP) mechanism, leaving them on the “mercy” of huge company homes.
The Centre, nevertheless, has been insisting that the brand new legal guidelines will deliver higher alternatives to farmers and introduce new applied sciences in agriculture.