Haryana police action on farmers ‘sad irony on Constitution Day’: Punjab CM

‘Urge the BJP to direct their state governments not to indulge in such strong-arm tactics against the farmers. The hands that feed the nation deserve to be held, not pushed aside,’ Captain Amarinder Singh said

Singh had stepped down from the chief minister’s post on September 18 after a protracted feud with his bete noire Navjot Singh Sidhu | Photo: Twitter/Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday (November 26) termed it a “sad irony” that on Constitution Day farmers in Haryana were “being oppressed” as lakhs of farmers marched towards Delhi for a protest march against the new farm laws.

In Haryana, police used force to block the farmers and many were detained before they could reach the Jaipur-Delhi highway, according to reports. Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab have planned a two-day “Dilli Chalo” protest march.

There were reports that police used water cannons and tear gas on farmers.

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“For nearly 2 months farmers have been protesting peacefully in Punjab without any problem. Why is Haryana govt provoking them by resorting to force? Don’t the farmers have the right to pass peacefully through a public highway? @mlkhattar (sic),” tweeted Punjab chief minister tagging Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

He added, “It’s a sad irony that on #ConstitutionDay2020 the constitutional right of farmers is being oppressed in this manner. Let them pass @mlkhattar ji, don’t push them to the brink. Let them take their voice to Delhi peacefully.”

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Singh urged the BJP to direct their state governments not to use “strong-arm tactics” against farmers. “Urge @BJP4India to direct their state governments not to indulge in such strong-arm tactics against the farmers. The hands that feed the nation deserve to be held, not pushed aside. (sic),” he wrote in another tweet.

Activist and Swaraj India’s president Yogendra Yadav too took to Twitter to say that Haryana Police intercepted him and other farmers, and were detained.

“Haryana Police intercepted us before we could get on the Jaipur Delhi highway. Now detained by the police for “breach of peace” and being taken to an undisclosed location.Happy Constitution day! #FarmersDilliChalo (sic),” he tweeted with pictures.

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