Farmers don’t want to start campaign under any political banner: SAD chief
As thousands of farmers continue their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march to protest the agricultural bills recently passed by Parliament, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Thursday that protesters did not want to start their campaign. under no political banner.
Badal added that they are united on this issue.
The SAD chief continued to target Punjab Prime Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, saying that he played the most awkward role on this issue and that he should have exerted pressure by going to the national capital and holding a meeting with the central government.
“The pressure of a CM on the Center matters a lot. If CM wants, he can solve many things. Captain Amarinder Singh should have lobbied by going to Delhi and holding a meeting with the Center. Also, I want to appeal to the farmers of Haryana to support the farmers of Punjab, ”said the head of SAD, according to the ANI news agency.
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Badal earlier in a tweet condemned the Haryana government and the Center for choosing to suppress the peaceful farmers’ movement and further said that today is “Punjab 11/26”.
“Today is 11/26 Punjab. We are witnessing the end of the right to democratic protest. Akali Dal condemns the government and the Haryana Center for choosing to suppress the peaceful movement of farmers. The battle for the rights of Punjab farmers cannot be strangled by using water cannons against them, ”he tweeted.
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SAD severed ties with its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in protest against these agricultural laws that were passed during the parliament session during the monsoon in September.
SAD leader and former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had resigned from Modi’s cabinet in September and said she was proud to support farmers like her daughter and sister.
Meanwhile, farmers from Haryana and Punjab states embarked on a two-day protest march called ‘Dilli Chalo’ with the peaceful marches taking a violent turn as police used water cannons and tear gas projectiles to disperse the protesting farmers heading to the national capital. Strong security measures were observed at the Rohtak Jhajjar border, the Delhi-Haryana border, the Delhi-Gurugram highway and the Delhi-Jammu highway.
Although the Center has argued that the newly introduced agricultural reforms will cut out middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce in commercial markets, protesters fear that the new laws will allow large corporations to enter the agricultural sector and end the system of minimum support prices (MSP).