Punjab Vidhan Sabha Special Session on Farm Laws 2020: Asserting that he was prepared to resign or be dismissed rather than bow to injustice towards Punjab’s farmers, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday warned of possible disruption of the state’s peace as a result of the Farm Laws 2020. He also appealed to the farmers to stop ‘Rail Roko’ agitation.
“I am not afraid of resigning. I am not afraid of my government being dismissed. But I will not let the farmers suffer or be ruined,” said the Chief Minister, pointing out that he had chosen to quit at the time of Operation Blue Star instead of accepting or endorsing the assault on Sikh ethos.
Captain Amarinder said if the Farm Laws are not revoked, angry youth can come out on the streets to join the farmers, leading to chaos. The way things are going on at present, the situation has the potential to disturb the peaceful atmosphere, he warned.
Also, he observed that this is what had happened in the 80s and 90s. Both China and Pakistan will collude and try to take advantage of any disruption of the state’s peace, which would pose a serious threat to national security, he added.
The Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said he was uneasy and upset over the situation and wanted to understand the Centre’s decision to cause such suffering to the farmers amid the Covid crisis.
Captain Amarinder appealed to farmers to help out the state government by ending the Rail Roko agitation and blockades and allow movement of essential commodities.
“We have stood with you, now it is your turn to stand with us,” he appealed to the farmers, adding that the entire House was with them but the state was going through tough times, with power generation at a precarious low, no urea for fertilisers and no space in godown for fresh paddy arrivals.
The Chief Minister was speaking in Punjab Vidhan Sabha during Special Session while presenting his government’s four Bills to negate the Union Government’s Farm Laws 2020, on the second day of the special session of the House.