In a controversial assertion on the deaths of farmers in the course of the protest towards the centre’s new farm legal guidelines, Haryana Agriculture Minister JP Dalal on Saturday stated they’d have died even when they’d stayed again residence. Confronted with a backlash on social media, he later apologised.
Mr Dalal made the comment in Haryana’s Bhiwani in response to a reporter’s question over the “loss of life of 200 farmers”.
“Would not they’ve died in the event that they have been at residence? Had they been at their properties, they’d have died there additionally. Out of 1 to 2 lakh, do 200 individuals not die in six months?” he requested, triggering laughter and becoming a member of in with a smile.
“Somebody is dying of a coronary heart assault and somebody after falling in poor health… They died of their very own will. I’ve my deepest sympathies for them,” Mr Dalal stated, as soon as once more with a smile, triggering laughter.
BJP Haryana Agriculture Minister JP Dalal’s embarrassing assertion about farmers
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A number of farmers – largely from Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh who’ve been on protest towards the centre’s three farm legal guidelines on the outskirts of Delhi since November – have died of varied causes together with cardiac arrest.
Hours after making the assertion, the Haryana agriculture minister stated he has seen “twisted” statements, attributed to him, on social media. He stated “flawed that means” was given to his statements.
“If anyone is harm by it, I tender my apology,” he stated, including he would proceed to work for farmers’ welfare. He stated it’s painful if anybody dies.
Congress chief Randeep Singh Surjewala attacked Mr Dalal over his remarks and stated 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”,” stated Mr 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 stated in a tweet.
Punjab Congress chief Raj Kumar Verka additionally demanded Mr Dalal’s sacking from the Haryana Cupboard over his “insensitive” remarks.
(With inputs from PTI)