Farmers' demand not wrong, Centre should accept it: Ajit Pawar

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Nashik, Feb 10 (PTI) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Wednesday said the demands raised by farmers during their ongoing protest near Delhi are not wrong or unreasonable, and asked the Centre to accept the same.

Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi getting emotional on Tuesday while recollecting his association with Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Pawar told reporters here that he will feel satisfied if the same sentiments are visible in the case of farmers also.

Thousands of farmers have been agitating for more two months near the national capital, demanding a repeal of the Centre's three new farm laws.

'The demand raised by farmers is not wrong, it is not unreasonable. It is the sentiment of a farmer that he gets proper compensation in return of his hard work. It is his right. The Centre should accept that just demand,' Pawar said.

A way has to be found to resolve the deadlock (over the agri laws), the NCP leader said.

'He (Modi) became emotional while remembering old times (of association with Azad)...Will feel satisfied if the same emotions are visible in the case of farmers too,' said Pawar, who is also the finance minister of Maharashtra.

The prime minister broke down several times in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday while recollecting his close association with Ghulam Nabi Azad, whose term in the Upper House of Parliament is coming to an end next week.

Pawar said 14 rounds of discussions between the Centre and farmers' representatives have turned out to be inconclusive.

'A way out has to be found. It is also our demand (that a way out is found),' the minister said. PTI ENM GK GK