As a section of agitating farmers continues to protest against the three controversial farm laws passed by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, a farmer and Samyukta Kisan Morcha leader — Balbir Singh Rajewal — has now called Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘a bigger threat to the country than Pakistan’.
"Today, we have realised that the Modi government understands only the vote-bank policy, so we need to defeat them in elections. You have the biggest weapon in your hands — it's your vote and I appeal to you, vote for anyone but Modi," the farmer leader said.
Rajewal was addressing a ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ at Nandigram, where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and former TMC MLA and now BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari are battling each other.
"It is PM Modi and not Pakistan that is a bigger threat to India," he added.
Rajewal also opposed the use of Electronic Voting Machines and said once the farmers’ agitation was over, ‘we will do something about it’.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arjun Singh has objected vehemently to the remark and demanded action against Rajewal for his statement.
"Leaders, who in order to express their freedom of speech, choose to hail Pakistan and other countries and indulge in cheap politics, should be punished in accordance with the laws," he said.
Meanwhile, Rakesh Tikait, national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, and Swaraj Abhiyan cofounder and self-styled farmer leader, Yogendra Yadav, too have urged voters not to vote for the BJP.