Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 22
Even as he condemned the alleged assault on a journalist on the farmers’ protest website at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday demanded fast resignation of Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi for dubbing the farmers as ‘hooligans’.
Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief for utilizing derogatory language for the farmers, who’ve been peacefully agitating in opposition to the central Farm Laws for the previous almost eight months, the Chief Minister stated it mirrored the get together’s anti-farmer mindset.
Given the ruling get together’s brazen makes an attempt to stifle all voices of dissent and protest, the truth that it had failed to break the spirit of the farmers was clearly rankling, stated Captain Amarinder, lambasting the NDA authorities for its continued efforts to suppress each single voice that dares to converse in opposition to them, as within the newest occasion of the IT raids on the Dainik Bhaskar media group.
While the assault on the journalist masking the Farmers’ Parliament was deplorable and motion ought to be taken in opposition to the responsible individual, the Union Minister’s response was completely uncalled for and provocative, stated the Chief Minister. Lekhi, he stated, had no right to defame the farmers in such method. The Delhi Police ought to file a case and examine the case to determine the accused, and the regulation ought to take its personal course, he stated, including that the BJP had no right to condemn the farmers in such an outrageous method over the incident.
Pointing to the disparaging feedback made by numerous BJP leaders in opposition to the farmers since their agitating began on the Delhi borders, he stated the ruling get together had been attempting to malign the farmers and undermine their peaceable protests from the outset. He recalled that BJP leaders had even earlier tried to defame the farmers with slanderous descriptions like ‘terrorists’ and ‘city Naxalites’.
Having failed to deter the farmers, who had been braving the weather with many shedding their lives on this struggle for his or her rights, the BJP management was as soon as once more resorting to such shameful techniques out of sheer frustration, stated the Chief Minister.
From the enactment of the draconian legal guidelines to their apathetic perspective in direction of the farmers, with out whom India would nonetheless have been begging to feed its individuals, the BJP-led central authorities had proved, repeatedly, that it was not fascinated by listening to the voice of the ‘annadaatas’, stated the Chief Minister.