Satya Pal Malik: Fierce battle against govt if… Protest not over yet

Farmers will wage a fierce battle against the government if the Centre does not pass a law on MSP, according to Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik, who spoke at an event.

Satya Pal Malik

Speaking at a Jatt community gathering, Satya Pal Malik, the current governor of Meghalaya, emphasised the minimum support price law (MSP). Speaking at a rally on Sunday, he said that the farmers’ protest, which began in 2020, is far from over.

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He also stated that if the government does not accept the farmers’ demands, they will fight back “vigorously.” Malik has recently chastised the administration for its handling of farmer protests on several occasions.

Last month, Malik claimed that the administration had failed to keep promises made to farmers. Farmers had three major demands before the protests were called off: the withdrawal of cases filed against them during the agitation, a legal guarantee on MSP, and compensation for the families of farmers who died during the agitation.

Satya Pal Malik claimed that the central government had failed to respond to these demands.
Malik made headlines earlier in the protests for his sensational statements and criticism of the PM.

He reportedly informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the difficult circumstances surrounding the protests. He also revealed that he was told during a meeting with Prime Minister Modi that the farmers would end their dharna on their own.

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Satya Pal Malik’s four-month term as governor of Meghalaya has come to an end. He has indicated his interest in active politics by stating that after his term as governor of Meghalaya ends, he will join the farmers’ movement.

What is the purpose of the MSP guarantee demand?

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, occupied Delhi’s borders in November 2020, demanding the Centre repeal three contentious farm laws. Only after the government did so in December 2021 did the protest come to an end.

The farmer unions, on the other hand, predicted a strong wave of agreement on guaranteed MSP as the protests progressed.

The minimum support price (MSP) is a set price below which the government will purchase crops. The goal of this initiative was to ensure that the farmers suffered the fewest possible consequences. This price varies by state and is frequently refused at the mandi. Farmers are demanding that a law be passed that protects their right to MSP.

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