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Hemant: PM must now provide Rs 5 cr compensation to deceased farmers, martyrdom status & more

Ranchi: Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of withdrawing of the three contentious farm laws on Friday, Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren has demanded from him to provide martyrdom status to all the farmers who died in the last one year during the anti-farm law protests, Rs 5 crore compensation to their family members, government job to their kin, squashing all the police cases against them and sacking of union agriculture minister (Narendra Singh Tomar).

Speaking to reporters at Ranchi airport in the afternoon, Soren said, “My party (JMM) and I demand that PM must immediately give Rs 5 crore compensation to family members of the each deceased who died during the protests since last one year, accord them the status of martyrdom, government jobs to their kin and rollback of all the FIR and legal cases against them.”

He also asked PM to give compensation to crop losses of all farmers in the country due to the protests. “And most importantly, union agriculture minister must be asked to resign,” he said.

Soren led JMM-Congress-RJD coalition government has been against the three new farm laws ever since inception and were part of several protests and demonstrations in favour of their rollback.

Soren believed that Modi government’s move was due to upcoming Uttar Pradesh and Punjab assembly polls. He said, “BJP had realized that it is hurting them big time. Hence, they are finally forced to take back the black laws after unleashing torture on protestors through direct and indirect means all these while. First, they tried to suppress you, then throttle throats and when everything failed, black laws are taken back. BJP is now projecting PM as how great and sensitive he is. Centre’s u-turn is yet another testimony that democracy in this country is still alive.”