Shun ego, repeal farm laws: SAD - ECAS Punjab

Shun ego, repeal farm laws: SAD

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Amritsar, December 14

The SAD urged the BJP-led Centre to "shun ego" and repeal the three laws on agriculture while showing solidarity with farmers.

Addressing people during a dharna at Golden Gate today, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said: "The Centre has usurped the powers of states in an autocratic manner by instituting three farm laws, which is basically a state subject."

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Sukhbir said the things had taken such a turn that if one was in agreement with the Centre, he was a "desh bhakt" but if one spoke out against it, he was a "desh drohi".

"When we oppose, we are branded as separatists. Is Harsimrat Kaur Badal who resigned from the Union Ministry in protest against the three agricultural laws a desh drohi? Can anyone term Parkash Singh Badal, who returned his Padma Vibhushan in solidarity with farmers, a desh drohi?" he asked.

Referring to the ongoing "democratic movement" of farmers, Sukhbir said the SAD fully backed the farmers' demand for the repeal of the farm Acts. "The government must not stand on prestige and must understand that these Acts are a threat to their survival," he said. Harsimrat said she had forewarned that no laws should be finalised without taking into account the concerns of farmers. "It was shocking that the suffering of farmers and their families in biting cold had not moved the heart of the Centre," she said.

SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia took a dig at BJP's leaders who were claiming China and Pakistan's hand in the farmer protest. "Ironically, when it comes to sacrifices and contributions for the country, we are deemed the best, but when we challenge their decision, they paint us anti-national, hooligan and even terrorists," he said. — TNS

from The Tribune

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