Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his regular monthly radio address ‘ Mann ki Baat’ spoke about on Gujarat violence and Patel agitation saying the events had left him ‘pained.’
He said, “In last few days, events in Gujarat (Hardik Patel quota agitation) the disastrous dance of violence have distressed the nation. It is usual for the entire nation to be pained and anguished if this happens in the land of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel.”
He added, “It is commendable that in very less time, my brothers and sisters in Gujarat managed the situation and Gujarat was back on the path of peace.”
Modi also said that he was willing to amend the Land Acquisition Bill if it helped the ‘interests’ of farmers.
He said, “We are ready to amend land acquisition act to benefit farmers, who have been misinformed leading to a fear in their minds.”
On the day fourth army veterans protesting at Jantar Mantar demanding the implementation of OROP had to be rushed to hospital, the prime minister said, ” ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisaan’ humare liye ek slogan nahin, ek mantra hai.”
Patels under the leadership of 22-yr-old Hardik Patel are demanding reservation under OBC. Around 9 people were killed, hundreds of buses were damaged and several vehicles were burnt during the Patel agitation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing the 11th episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio broadcast.