- Leading protest “office holders of CM office in Punjab”: ML Khattar
- “Farmers from Haryana did not stick to the protests,” he said
- Mr Khattar said Haryan police were detained during the protests
The bitter mutual leadership of Ministers Haryana and Punjab continued on Saturday afternoon, and Manohar Lal Khattar responded to Amarinder Singh for the thousands of angry farmers marching in Delhi and protesting against the center’s controversial new agricultural laws.
Mr Khattar, whose government and police have been criticized for rude attempts to defeat what began as a peaceful protest, also claimed that no farmer from Haryana was or was involved in the “Dilli Chalo” movement and that the state police showed restraint. in resolving the situation.
“Punjabi farmers are protesting. Haryana farmers have stayed away. I thank Haryana farmers and police for being detained. Punjaba’s chief minister is responsible and is fanning this protest. The protest is led by office officials of Punjab’s chief minister,” Mr Khattar told reporters. .
Thousands of farmers from several countries began marching around the country’s capital on Wednesday. Visuals from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh show large convoys of tractors and trailers – filled with food, fuel and essential supplies – fighting past police blockades and obstacles.
The farmers have made their intentions clear – they will not give up until they get to Delhi, and they will not leave Delhi until the center repeals the three disputed laws. On Friday morning, they reached the border with Delhi, where several police obstacles and tear gas were waiting for them.
On Friday, when the center (which controls Delhi police) resigned and allowed farmers to enter the capital, Amarinder Singh swung against Manohar Lal Khattar, insisting that the Haryana government stop using “brutal force” to prevent farmers from crossing to Delhi.
The day before, Mr. Khattar and Mr. Singh exchanged harsh words after stopping a group of farmers at the border, pelted with tear gas, water cannons and military-style ditches (excavated national highways). Mr Singh accused Haryana, who was ruled by the BJP, of “provoking farmers”.
“For almost two months, farmers have been protesting peacefully in Punjab … why is the Haryana government challenging them when they resort to force?” he announced, labeling Mr Khattar and asking, “Don’t farmers have the right to walk peacefully on the public highway?”
Mr Khattar shot, “I’ve been trying to reach you for the last three days, but unfortunately you’ve decided to stay out of reach – are you so serious about the farmers? Just tweet and run away from the conversations. Why?”
Farmers are protesting against laws that the center says will reform the agricultural sector by removing intermediaries and allowing them (farmers) to sell crops anywhere in the country.
Farmers and opposition parties argue that the laws will deprive farmers of the guaranteed lowest price of their crops and leave them at the mercy of businesses.