Center must revoke Agnipath, as it revoked Farm Laws: Owaisi

Opposing the Centre’s Agnipath programme, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Assaduddin Owaisi on Friday called it a “wrong decision”, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to withdraw the recruitment policy of the army, in the same way that he revoked the three agricultural laws.

“The Agnipath program is an absolutely wrong decision taken by the government and it is not good for the country at all. Prime Minister Modi thinks our naval officers and soldiers are contract employees or contract lecturers but their profession is honourable,” Owaisi told ANI.

He strongly criticized the prime minister over the Agnipath scheme, saying young people got out on the roads because of his bad decision.

“The way Prime Minister Modi revoked land and agricultural laws, he must also take back that decision (Agnipath Scheme) for the security and the youth of the country,” Owaisi added.

Earlier on Friday, Owaisi called on Prime Minister Modi to take ownership of the “reckless decision” and face the consequences.

“Mr @PMOIndia, please stop hiding behind military leaders Mr Modi. Have the courage to own your reckless decision and face the consequences. The anger of the country’s youth over their future is directed at you and only you,” said the head of AIMIM. tweeted.

Agnipath Scheme was launched by the government on June 14 with the aim of bringing about a change in the recruitment process for the armed forces. With the new military recruiting system facing a backlash from opposition, the Center decided to make a change to the upper age limit for recruiting Agniveers.

Delhi’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai also said on Friday that a joint movement would be held at Jantar Mantar in the nation’s capital on June 20 against the Agnipath recruitment scheme.

Demonstrations have erupted in several parts of the country against the new armed forces recruitment program and agitators are demanding the withdrawal of the Agnipath program. In some places, protests turned violent when trains were set on fire. One person died in Secunderabad of Telangana during the protest.

So far, more than 200 trains have been affected due to protests against the Agnipath scheme, according to the railways.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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