Condemning the issuance of NIA notices to farmers amid protest against farm laws 2020, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday said that such arm-twisting tactics would not weaken the resolve of the farmers to fight for their rights and their future.
“Do these farmers look like secessionists and terrorists?,” asked Captain Amarinder Singh, slamming the BJP-led government at the Centre for resorting to such reprehensible and oppressive tactics in their desperation to undermine the peacefully protesting farmers’ fighting spirit.
He said that Centre seemed bent on pushing the farmers over the edge through such intimidatory actions. Captain Amarinder warned that BJP’s most powerful minds will not be able to control the situation if things get irretrievably out of hand.
Instead of resolving the crisis triggered by the draconian legislation, BJP led central government was resorting to victimisation and harassment of the protesting farmers and their supporters, he pointed out, dubbing it a regressive step that would lead to further hardening of the farmers’ stance.
It was obvious, said the Chief Minister, that the BJP-led NDA government neither cared for the farmers and their concerns nor understood their psyche. “Punjabis are fighters by nature, they are imbued with the fighting spirit which makes them among the best warriors in the world,” he said, adding that the Centre’s coercive actions will only provoke the farmers from Punjab to react negatively.
Besides slamming Centre for issuance of NIA notices to farmers, Captain Amarinder expressed shock over the Government of India’s unrelenting opposition to the farmers’ genuine and justified demands and its total failure to empathise with the cause and concerns of the farmers who have been braving the record cold of Delhi, with many of them succumbing to the harsh weather and prolonged exposure.