Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh Friday lashed out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) management for terming the protesting farmers as anti-nationals and particularly focused Haryana Agriculture Minister JP Dalal saying that he ought to be ‘hung upside down’ (ennu putha tangna chahida) for saying that those that died on the Delhi borders throughout the ongoing agitation would have died anyway at home too.
Replying to the Governor’s tackle in Vidhan Sabha, Amarinder mentioned that farmers and farm employees of Punjab aren’t anti-nationals however “are as patriotic and nationalistic as those who gave their lives for the country in Galwan valley last year to protect India’s integrity and sovereignty”.
Terming Dalal’s remarks as “disgraceful,” Amarinder mentioned, “This is absurd. This is the agriculture minister. The duty of the agriculture minister is to speak of farmers’ welfare and their well-being and not undermine their hard work and sacrifice. I feel farmers should hang him upside down.”
He demanded an unconditional apology from Dalal for his “insensitive conduct”.
Earlier final month, Dalal, responding to a media question on over 200 farmers’ deaths throughout the ongoing stir had mentioned, “Had they been at their homes, they would have died there also. Out of one to two lakh, don’t 200 people die in six months?”.
Hours later, Dalal mentioned his assertion had been twisted on the social media and “wrong meaning” was attributed to it. “If anybody is hurt by it, I tender my apology,” he had mentioned.
Meanwhile, calling for an “immediate end to attempts to defame Punjabi farmers” by branding them Khalistanis or naxalites, the CM mentioned, “They have never done anything anti-national, they are not anti-national, and they will never do anything against the unity and integrity of this country. They are patriotic and nationalistic – while one son ploughs the fields in the village, the other brother is busy guarding the country’s borders. These are the same people who gave their lives for the country in Galwan last year”.
Amarinder urged the Centre to “ensure that this defamation campaign against farmers is immediately ended”.
Pointing out that regardless of 11 rounds of discussions, the Centre was unmoved and unconcerned in regards to the protests of the farmers throughout the nation, and had not taken any optimistic step to fulfill their calls for, Amarinder mentioned that “instead, the statements and allegations of some of the leaders who are not familiar with the ground realities have aggravated the situation and have further anguished the farmers.”
Drawing the eye of the House to among the statements of the BJP leaders on the Centre and in Punjab and Haryana, he mentioned it was shameful that they had been heading the governments on the nationwide degree and within the neighbouring states.
Taking exception to Union Minister Piyush Goyal’s allegation that the Punjab authorities was making an attempt to mislead farmers, he mentioned there was no cause for his authorities to intervene within the agitation as they’d at all times been peaceable.
Reacting sharply to BJP nationwide secretary Tarun Chugh’s allegation of deceptive and misleading narrative being created on the agricultural payments and inflicting misunderstanding to unfold among the many farmers, Amarinder requested why the Centre, with all of the powers at its disposal, has didn’t create a story beneficial to the farmers.
Terming Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar’s conduct as “most regrettable”, Amarinder mentioned the federal government of the neighbouring state had gone towards the established norms of democratic functioning by utilizing power towards the agitators and likewise digging roads and placing barricades and so forth of their method.
He additionally lashed out at Khattar’s declare on his authorities having “inputs” on presence of Khalistani separatists within the ongoing farmers’ agitation, and likewise that “the Punjab CM is fanning this protest and office bearers of the Punjab CM’s office are leading the protest”.
“If the Haryana CM has any firm information on separatists, why does he not give such information to his party’s government in Delhi, instead of defaming the Punjabi farmers,” requested Amarinder, including that Punjab doesn’t instigate agitations, however refuses to intervene in most peaceable agitation of farmers being carried on in a democratic method.
The Chief Minister additionally lambasted different BJP leaders like Ashwani Sharma, Harjit Singh Grewal and Surjit Singh Jiyani for his or her “shameful comments” and statements on the farmers’ agitation, terming their behaviour as “disgraceful”.