Eastern Times: December 7, 2020, New Delhi: Within days of returning his Padma Vibhushan award, Akali Dal stalwart and former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to scrap the new farm laws, saying they have pushed the country into a “deep turmoil”.
In a four-page letter, Badal urged the PM to “show magnanimity” and withdraw these laws” as a first step towards the resolution of the serious crisis confronting the country today”.
This letter follows his December 3 announcement about returning Padma Vibhushan in protest against the farm laws.
Chief minister of Punjab for five terms, Badal stressed upon the need for making India “a truly federal country,” adding “the roots of the ongoing crisis lie in the abdication of our commitment to the federal approach”.
“The three Acts in question that have pushed the country into a deep turmoil must be withdrawn without making farmers and their families endure any more suffering in this biting cold,” Badal said in his letter.
Meanwhile, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the Singhu border on Monday, where thousands of farmers are protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws, and reviewed arrangements made for them by the city government.
“I checked the arrangements. We received a lot of pressure to allow the use of stadiums as temporary prisons but we did not give permission and I feel this helped the movement. Since then our party MLAs and ministers have been involved in ensuring that farmers do not face any discomfort,” he said.
“We are working like ‘sewadaar’. Here I have not come as a chief minister but as a ‘sewadaar’ to serve the farmers. It is our responsibility to support the farmers. I hope soon a solution is reached,” he told reporters.
On the bandh called by farmers on Tuesday, the chief minister said, “AAP will participate in the nationwide strike. I hope the whole country joins it peacefully and I appeal to them to join and support the farmers”.