In a stern statement, the government warned against the “temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments” and said the protests were by “a very small section of farmers” in parts of India.
The statement comes after Rihanna, Greta Thunberg and a slew of foreign voices took to Twitter to express their”solidarity” with the farmers in the ongoing protest over the new farm laws.
It’s unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests, & derail them. Thi… https://t.co/oGod97V7OS
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) 1612334675000
Reacting the remarks, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “It’s unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests and derail them. This was egregiously witnessed on January 26.”
The government said the Parliament of India after full debate and discussion, passed “reformist legislation relating to the agricultural sector” and the reforms “give expanded market access and provided greater flexibility to farmers.”
The government, in an appeal, urged to exercise caution “before rushing to comment on such matters” and “ascertain facts for proper understanding of issues at hand.”