Shiromani Akali Dal led by Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday asked the Government of India not to deny the constitutional right of farmers for a peaceful Tractor March on Republic Day in Delhi.
The Shiromani Akali Dal’s call to the Government of India came at the end of a three hour meeting of the Core Committee of the party held at the party headquarters here this afternoon. The party president Sukhbir Singh Badal presided the meeting.
Harcharan Singh Bains, Principal Advisor to the SAD President said that the meeting considered the government’s dragging of its feet over permission for the peaceful democratic March as “a grossly violative of the very Constitution which the Republic Day symbolizes.”
Bains said that the government could not have chosen a worse and more inappropriate day and occasion than January 26 to deny the citizens of the country their fundamental democratic right to free expression as well as the right to organize democratic activity.
“The farmers of the country have already declared that their peaceful March would be a celebration of the spirit of the very Constitution for which the nation observes Republic Day. The Tractor March by farmers would in fact be a reminder that India is a democratic Republic and is neither a monarchy nor dictatorial set up. The government should in fact thank the farmers and facilitate the March,” said a Resolution passed at the meeting.
He also said that the party Core Committee also came down heavily against the brazen abuse of the NIA against farmers who have demonstrated to the world how disciplined, peaceful and democratic their genuine and totally justified protest is.
The party called upon the Government to withdraw all the notices issued to farmers and farmer leaders by the NIA.