Haryana Govt crackdown against spirit of Constitution: Capt Amarinder Singh - ECAS Punjab

Haryana Govt crackdown against spirit of Constitution: Capt Amarinder Singh

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26

Condemning the use of brutal force by Haryana in a "futile bid" to stop agitating farmers from going to Delhi, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh termed it an assault on their constitutional and democratic right to protest, and urged the Delhi Government to earmark for them a place to sit peacefully to highlight their concerns on the farm laws.

'Hands that feed nation need to be held'

Questioning the rationale behind stopping the farmers, the Chief Minister said the tyrannical use of brute force against peacefully protesting farmers was totally undemocratic and unconstitutional. The hands that feed the nation deserve to be held, not pushed aside, he added, pointing out that his government had allowed the farmers to protest peacefully for the past two months, without any violence or law and order problems

Recalling that he had led MLAs from Punjab to sit on a symbolic dharna last month at an allotted place at Jantar Mantar, the Chief Minister said something similar could be done for the farmers so that they could exercise their democratic right to speak and share their views with the national media.

"Hasn't the BJP sat at Ramlila Maidan on protest rallies in the past? Why should the farmers not be allowed to go to their own capital and speak out against the laws if they want to?" asked the Chief Minister, urging the ML Khattar government in Haryana to allow the agitated farmers to pass through the national highway to take their voice to Delhi peacefully.

Pointing out that farmers were not violating any law or indulging in violence, Capt Amarinder said the attempts to stop them were "not good for democracy." Actions could lead to counter-reactions, especially from the thousands of youngsters who were among the agitating farmers, he warned, adding that he was surprised at Khattar's remarks.

The ML Khattar government's actions were against the Constitutional spirit, against the farmers' freedom of speech and in bad taste, said the Chief Minister, adding that "either we have a Constitution in India or we don't, and if we do have one then every person has the right and freedom to speech, thought and action".

Questioning the rationale behind stopping the farmers, who in any case were breaking barricades to move forward, the Chief Minister said, "The tyrannical use of brute force against peacefully protesting farmers is totally undemocratic and unconstitutional. The hands that feed the nation deserve to be held, not pushed aside," he asserted, pointing out that his government had allowed the farmers to protest peacefully for the past two months, without any violence or law and order problems.

"It is the farmers who need to be convinced on MSP, not me. Khattar should have tried to talked to farmers before the start of their stir if he thought he could persuade them," Capt Amarinder said. Rejecting his Haryana counterpart's charge that he was inciting farmers to protest, Capt Amarinder asked as to why farmers from Haryana were also marching to Delhi in that case.



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