Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik, speaking in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah not to offend farmers protesting the Centre's new agriculture laws. Farmers would relent if the Centre provides a legal guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP) for crops, Malik said at an event in his home district. The Governor of Meghalaya also said that when he heard reports about the arrest of farmer leader Rakesh Tikait, he intervened.
Malik went on to say that he had asked the prime minister and the home minister not to use force against farmers or to send them home empty-handed from Delhi. Farmers' conditions are grim, according to Malik, who claims that they are getting poorer by the day while government officials and workers get paid more every three years. Everything a farmer sows is inexpensive, and whatever he purchases is costly.