Amid three weeks of incessant protests from farmers in Delhi with the demand to repeal the three controversial farm laws, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Eddapadi Palaniswami has on Wednesday said that the farm agents are instigating farmers to stage protest in Delhi. He was making his statements in Karur, Tamil Nadu when he visited the district to review the COVID-19 situation.
The Chief Minister, who has been touring the state ahead of the assembly polls, has said that the farm agents are triggering farmers to agitate in Delhi as these agents will be affected by the three farm laws introduced by the Modi-led Central government. Speaking to reporters in Karur, the Chief Minister further pressed his notion that the farm laws would not affect the peasants in Tamil Nadu.
The new claim from the non -BJP Chief Minister has come when the state has been witnessing strong objections from the opposition leaders who are urging the Center to abrogate the farm laws. The Chief Minister said that the parties opposing the farm laws in the state are playing the political drama to make gains in the upcoming assembly elections.
Responding to the criticism from the opposition that the ruling ADMK government was unable to prevent NEET in Tamil Nadu, the Chief Minister said that it was the Congress that had introduced the NEET and the DMK, which was part of the UPA, had remained silent as it wanted to remain in power. Edappadi Palaniswami said that the ADMK government had tried to prevent but it couldn't succeed.
The government introduced a 7.5% horizontal reservation to benefit 41% of students in the government schools across the state who were denied the opportunity. The Chief Minister said that 313 students were given medical seats this year through horizontal reservation and 125-130 more seats will be added next year with the beginning of 11 new medical colleges. The Chief Minister further claimed that the COVID-19 cases were coming down in Karur and across the state due to the measures taken by the state government.