Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar. (ANI)
Khattar’s comments follow the defeat of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in elections for three of the state’s five municipal corporations. Haryana farmers are in arms against the three controversial agricultural laws passed by the Center.
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In the face of massive unrest from farmers in the state, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday announced he was determined to maintain the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and would step down of politics if the regime was terminated.
“We are committed to maintaining the MSP (Minimum Support Price) in Haryana. Manohar Lal will leave politics if anyone tries to end the MSP regime,” he told ANI news agency.
Khattar’s comments follow the defeat of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the elections of three of the state’s five municipal corporations. Haryana farmers stand up against three controversial agricultural laws passed by the Center.
Earlier this month, Dushyant Chautala, Haryana’s deputy CM and leader of the Jannayak Janata (JJP) party, which is in a coalition with the BJP in the state, made a similar statement. “The national president of our party has already made it clear that the MSP should be provided to farmers. The written proposals made by the central government to the protesting farmers include a provision for PSM. I will work to secure the MSP for farmers as long as I am in power. I will resign from my post the day I am unable to keep the promise, ”said Chautala.
Mayoral elections for the towns of Ambala, Panchkula and Sonipat took place on Sunday. As the BJP struggled to win in Panchkula, Congress and the Haryana Jan Chetna Party (HJCP) won mayoral positions in Sonipat and Ambala respectively. It was for the first time that direct elections were held for the post of mayor in the three cities. In 2018, the party won the mayoral elections in Hisar, Karnal, Panipat, Rohtak and Yamunanagar.