Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann launches scathing assault on farmer unions over dharnas, roads blockages; accuses them of holding state govt to ransom

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann launches scathing assault on farmer unions over dharnas, roads blockages; accuses them of holding state govt to ransom

Ruchika M Khanna

Chandigarh, November 18

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann at present took on farmer unions within the state— one thing that no different Chief Minister within the state has ever achieved—for holding the state authorities to ransom by blocking roads and staging dharnas to get their calls for fulfilled. He accused a number of the farmer unions of staging dharnas for “financial concerns.”

“Blocking roads and stopping the graceful move of site visitors shouldn’t be good. It’s turning into a pattern to carry dharnas on the drop of a hat. Persons are getting inconvenienced. Thus far there may be public sympathy with you, you’ll lose it if the general public is inconvenienced by your actions. It’s your proper to carry democratic protest, please do it outdoors the home of MLAs/ ministers or at DC workplace,” he mentioned.

Launching a scathing assault on a number of the farmer unions, CM Mann mentioned that some unions are staging protest solely to mark their presence felt. “A few of them, not all, have achieved advance bookings of dharnas. They first stage dharna searching for a gathering with authorities… then after the assembly they do it to hunt funds they usually even have to point out that the cash collected is utilised,” he mentioned.

His assertion is critical because it additionally alerts the tip of an earlier cosy relationship between AAP and the farmer unions. As quickly because the CM’s assertion got here out, the farmer unions took him on. In Amritsar, BKU EKTA Sidhupur-led dharna was intensified they usually have fully blocked the freeway close to Kathunangal.

This robust assertion by the CM is available in wake of 5 dharnas being staged by completely different farmer unions throughout the state- at Amritsar ( Kathunangal), Faridkot Tehna T level, close to Mukerian Sugar Mill, Dhareri Toll Plaza at Patiala, and Talwandi Sabo. Due to these dharnas, the frequent man is being inconvenienced and the lack of the AAP authorities to deal with this challenge has induced the ruling celebration to face public ire.

These unions have been demanding jobs for subsequent of kin and financial compensation for households of farmers who died within the 12 months lengthy battle in opposition to farm legal guidelines, bonus for wheat yield loss, cancellation of FIRs in opposition to farmers for stubble burning, amongst few different calls for. The CM at present additionally mentioned that the federal government has accepted every one of these calls for.

Speaking to The Tribune, Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, common secretary of BKU Ekta Ugrahan, criticized the CM for his assertion. “He’s himself a farmer. How can he be so insensitive? Solely ten % of the moong was purchased. We stage dharnas in desperation, when our calls for should not met. I’m shocked that our sacrifices and struggles have been ignored by him,” he mentioned.

Not one of the guarantees fulfilled

Moong solely 10 % purchased. We sit on dharna in majboori, when our calls for should not meant. I’m stunned that our sacrifices and battle are checked out like this.

–Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, common secretary, BKU Ekta Ugrahan

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