Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh today hit out at agitating farmer unions. He said, "If the farmers were stopped in Punjab, they would have not reached the Singhu and Tikri borders. You do whatever you want in Haryana and Delhi but why are you causing loss to Punjab?"
Singh reminded the farmers, who have been protesting against the Centre’s three farm laws, that it is due to the Punjab government’s support that they are in Delhi. Instead of causing disruptions in the state, farmers should focus their energies on challenging the Union government, he asserted.
Besides Delhi and Haryana, farmer unions are holding protests at as many as 113 places in Punjab, the chief minister stated. “This is seriously affecting the state’s development,” he claimed.
Notably, leaders of several farmer unions in Punjab have urged political parties to refrain from campaigning till the state assembly election is formally announced. Farmer leaders believe election rallies will divert attention from their agitation.
The farmers’ protest against the three contentious farm laws has completed ten months since they first arrived at Delhi borders. They have been demanding the repeal of the laws, which they are afraid will do away with the MSP system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporations.
Several rounds of meetings between the Centre and farmer union leaders ended in a deadlock. Over the last several months, the farmers' protest has spilled over from the borders of Delhi to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab.