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Monday, 28 December 2020

Akalis demand apology from BJP

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today condemned the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for terming the farmers of Punjab as "urban Naxals" only because they were protesting against the Central Government.

"It is reprehensible that the Punjab BJP unit has fallen so low that it is calling the farmers urban Naxals. This insult is intolerable and I advise the Punjab unit to take back this slur inflicted on the 'annadata' immediately and apologise for it," SAD Kisan Wing president Sikandar Singh Maluka said in a statement here.

Farmers' fears coming true: MP

  • Former minister Harsimrat Badal on Sunday said the apprehensions of farmers were coming true with the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) putting daily ceiling on procurement of cotton
  • "It is unfortunate the CCI is not ready to procure lint as per last year's schedule and is throwing cotton farmers to the mercy of private players," she said
  • Harsimrat demanded that "a clear-cut directive needs to be issued on the MSP system"

"BJP leaders seem to have forgotten that their first loyalty should be to the farmers of Punjab and not to MNCs which are behind the three agricultural laws. The BJP leaders have been constantly hurting the sentiments of farmers by calling them Khalistanis and urban Naxals. This is why they have faced the anger of farmers," he said.

Even though you (PM) have given repeated statements about the continuance of MSP, your inability to specify anything regarding assured purchase at MSP is having an impact on departments. —Harsimrat Badal, Bathinda MP

Maluka said state BJP President Ashwani Sharma should also act maturely and snub some leaders who were giving such divisive statements.

from The Tribune

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