As Agnipath protests spread, govt offers compromise and Oppn wants talks

Incidents of violence, mayhem and arson across states

Protestors carry sticks as they enter a railway station during a protest against "Agnipath scheme" for recruiting personnel for armed forces, in Patna, in the eastern state of Bihar, June 17, 2022 (Reuters)

Protests over Agnipath in several states turn violent; Photo shows protest in Patna, Bihar

Aditi Phadnis New Delhi
As violence and protests against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme continued unabated on Friday, despite a minor “compromise” offered by the government in the form of a one-time two-year increase in the eligibility age of recruitment, Opposition parties said the government needed to call a special session of Parliament and meetings of the Defence Consultative Committee for more extensive discussions.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President J P Nadda, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah came in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “transformative” scheme and the compromise “that showed PM Modi cared for the youth”, suggesting that the government had walked the extra mile and would not be accommodative hereafter.

But, violence, mayhem and
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First Published: Jun 17 2022 | 10:00 PM IST

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