New Delhi: Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat, who blames the BJP government at the Center for not listening to the voice of farmers, has said on Tuesday that the Modi government does not understand democracy.
Karat, who asserted that the country’s farmers did not want reforms, asked: “Who is the central government to bring about reforms?”
“Democracy starts with D and the Modi government does not even understand democracy D. This government does not understand democracy. Whose reforms when farmers say they don’t want it?” Said Karat.
Alleging that the central government wants the multinationals to take over the entire agribusiness, he said reforms have been brought in for the welfare of large firms.
“The Modi government wants reform for big corporations. The government wants the big multinationals to take over the whole business. The government wants to reduce the minimum support price that Kisan needs in any democratic country.
“The BJP has shown its true colors. The reality is that it is not just the opposition parties but the people of India who stand on behalf of the peasantry. Unlike this government, the people of India understand what our country’s future is.
This comes amid the ‘Bharat Bandha’, which is being called today by thousands of farmers who have been protesting in various borders of the country’s capital since November 26 against the recently passed agrarian laws.
The leaders of the peasant groups have held several rounds of talks with the government but they have remained so indefinitely. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has called another meeting on December 9 after the fifth round of talks.

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