“I will quit politics if …”: Punjab CM vs Haryana CM over farmers’ uproar | India News
Hours earlier, Amarinder Singh, the congressionally governed Prime Minister of Punjab, lashed out at the BJP-led government in Haryana for preventing farmers from advancing on Delhi, saying that the use of “brute force” against them is “totally undemocratic and unconstitutional ”
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Haryana has completely sealed its borders with Punjab to prevent farmers from entering the state for its ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest march against the Center’s agricultural laws from November 26 to 27.
“Why is @mlkhattar govt in Haryana preventing farmers from moving to Delhi? The tyrannical use of brute force against peacefully protesting farmers is totally undemocratic and unconstitutional, ”Singh said in a tweet.
It is a sad irony that in # ConstitutionDay2020 the constitutional right of the peasants is oppressed in this way … https://t.co/X2AGOnhO7E
– Captain Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) 1606374694000
He said farmers have been protesting peacefully in Punjab against agricultural laws for two months.
In a strong response, Haryana’s Chief Minister ML Khattar said that he has been trying to reach Amarinder for three days, but has not been available and urged him to avoid “cheap politics” at the time of the pandemic.
“I’ve been trying to reach you for the past 3 days, but sadly you decided to remain unreachable. Is you that serious about farmers’ issues? You’re just tweeting and running away from conversations, why?” Khattar asked. On twitter.
The time for your lies, deceptions and propaganda is over: let people see your true face. Please stop putting the l… https://t.co/SW1xf802dm
– Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) 1606383711000
“The time for your lies, deception and propaganda is over. Let people see your true face. Please stop endangering people’s lives during the Corona pandemic. I urge you not to play with life of people, at least avoid politics during the time of the pandemic, “Khattar added.
Haryana’s prime minister said he will leave politics if there is a problem with the MSP and asked Amarinder to “stop inciting innocent farmers.”
Moments later, Amarinder said he is dismayed by Khattar’s response, adding that his Haryana counterpart should have tried to speak to farmers in his state before their protest march.
“Impressed by your response ML Khattar Ji. It is the farmers who have to be convinced of MSP, not me. You should have tried to talk to them before their Dilli Chalo. And if you think I am inciting the farmers, why Farmers from Haryana also march to Delhi, “Amarinder said.
On Thursday, Haryana police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse a group of Punjab farmers who allegedly tried to jump over police barricades to enter Haryana as part of their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march.
Farmers are marching to Delhi to protest against the Center’s new agricultural laws.
The protesting farmers have expressed their fear that the Center’s farm laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum price support system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big business.
The government has argued that farm laws will provide farmers with better opportunities and usher in new technologies in agriculture.
(With PTI inputs)