Farmers Protest against Farm laws 2020: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday castigated the BJP led central government for following a heartless approach towards resolving the grievances of farmers on the one month anniversary of their peaceful protest on the borders of Delhi.
The SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal said the central government had adopted a callous and insensitive attitude towards the suffering of farmers who were camped out in the open in severe cold wave conditions.
“It almost seems that the government wants to punish the farmers for raising their voice against the three agricultural marketing laws which were forced through in the last parliamentary session. This is the reason why the Centre has adopted a policy which is aimed at tiring out the farmers," he said.
"Bogey of talks is being raised with the sole purpose of defaming the farmers and giving the impression that they are being stubborn. The truth is that it is the Centre which is being obstinate by refusing to repeal the three Agri Acts which are unacceptable to farmers across the country,” said the Shiromani Akali Dal president.
Asking the NDA government not to play with the sentiments of farmers by extending non-specific talk invitations without any agenda or time frame, Sukhbir Badal said the Centre should hold talks on ways and means to repeal the three farm laws in a sincere manner.
“It should also desist from defaming farmers as separatists and victimizing Arthiyas through income tax raids. It would be best if the government called a special one-day session to repeal the three Agricultural laws," he added.
"Once this is done then new laws can be framed in consultation with farmers. I don’t see any reason to fault this logic. Not doing so will only strengthen the impression that the corporate players who stand to gain through the enslavement of farmers are coming in the way of a fair settlement to the ongoing farmer agitation," he stated.