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A month has gone, Centre heartless towards farmers, raising bogey of talks to defame protests: Sukhbir Badal

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Chandigarh, December 25, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal castigated the BJP led central government for following a heartless approach towards resolving the grievances of farmers on the one month anniversary of their peaceful protest on the borders of Delhi.

In a statement here, the SAD President said the central government had adopted a callous and insensitive attitude towards the suffering of farmers who were camped out in the open in severe cold wave conditions. “It almost seems that the government wants to punish the farmers for raising their voice against the three agricultural marketing laws which were forced through in the last parliamentary session.

This is the reason why the centre has adopted a policy which is aimed at tiring out the farmers. Bogey of talks is being raised with the sole purpose of defaming the farmers and giving the impression that they are being stubborn. The truth is that it is the centre which is being obstinate by refusing to repeal the three Agri Acts which are unacceptable to farmers across the country”.

Asking the NDA government not to play with the sentiments of farmers by extending non-specific talk invitations without any agenda or time frame, Mr Sukhbir Badal said the centre should hold talks on ways and means to repeal the three Agri Acts in a sincere manner.

“It should also desist from defaming farmers as separatists and victimizing Arthiyas through income tax raids. It would be best if the government called a special one day session to repeal the three Agricultural laws. Once this is done then new laws can be framed in consultation with farmers.

I don’t see any reason to fault this logic. Not doing so will only strengthen the impression that the corporate players who stand to gain through enslavement of farmers are coming in the way of a fair settlement to the ongoing farmer agitation”.

Telling the top BJP leadership to adopt a humanistic approach to the entire issue, Mr Badal said “more than forty farmers have already lost their lives in the last one month. They have been agitating against these measures ever since they were introduced as Ordinances six months back.

The government steadfastly refused to listen to the grievances of the farmers for five months and only initiated talks when the farmers blockaded the borders of Delhi. This does not bode well for a democratic State. How many more farmers should be martyred before the State sits up and listens to their voice and acts on it?” the SAD President asked.

Stating that things were not always like this, Mr Badal while remembering late Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary today, said Mr Vajpayee would not have let things come to such a pass. “The present NDA government needs to learn from the example of inclusive governance set by the late Prime Minister and take everyone along with it.

Divisive politics is not good for the progress of the country. The government should move swiftly to end the suffering of thousands of men, women and children who are camped in unbearable conditions on its doorsteps. It should not stand on false prestige and ego. Let us give the ‘annadaata’ the respect it deserves”, Mr Badal added.

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