Shiromani Akali Dal on Saturday condemned the NDA government for refusing to recognise the human tragedy which was unfolding on the borders of Delhi by feigning ignorance of the fact that more than 550 farmers had been martyred in the peaceful protest against the farm laws. It also demanded an apology from Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on this issue.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said, in a statement, that the union government did not have any record of the farmers who had died in the ongoing protest on the borders of Delhi.
Former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said “this anti-farmer attitude of the NDA government is responsible for the plight of the farmers who have not only been stonewalled for eight months but even their deaths are not being recognised."
"The Shiromani Akali Dal condemns this anti-human attitude and requests the agriculture minister to apologize to the farmers for this statement and assure the country that the ‘annadaata’ will not be humiliated in this manner again in parliament,” she said.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal said the NDA government had also made it clear in parliament that it was functioning in a dictatorial manner and had not even cared to conduct any study to ascertain the apprehensions in the minds of farmers about the three farm laws.
“Tomar’s assertion that no study has been conducted on this issue proves that this government is committed to fulfilling its pact with the corporations and will not even take any feedback from farmers on the three farm laws," she added.