Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has given a befitting reply to Bhartiya Janata Party on allegations of failing to maintain law and order in Punjab and calling the farmers protesting against the farm laws of the Center Urban Naxal. Captain Amarinder Singh said that senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party should refrain from using derogatory language against the struggling farmers. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder said that the party should stop the trick of defaming the farmers fighting for justice by hateful names like ‘Urban Naxalites’, Khalistani and ‘Badmash’. Singh reacted angrily to the comments, calling it “Foolish and Petty” and advised the BJP to focus on law and order and policy-making in Delhi.
The Punjab Chief Minister took to Twitter to respond to the urban Naxal comment by BJP. He tweeted, “The statement given by senior @BJP4India leadership in today’s newspapers calling the farmers urban Naxals is downright foolish & petty.”
He said that if the BJP cannot differentiate between civilians and terrorists, goons fighting for their survival, it should also give up the pretence of being a people’s party. He said that the party which describes the citizens exercising democratic rights as Naxalites and terrorists has no right to exercise power over these citizens.
Captain Amarinder said that BJP General Secretary TarunChugh’s statement that farmers in Punjab are ‘Urban Naxalites’ is very wrong. Captain said that with these remarks, the BJP leadership has come down to a low level in a fury to further its political agenda. He said that such demonstrations by farmers who have been upset with the agricultural laws are not only in Punjab but also in states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh under BJP rule. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked Chugh that the farmers who are performing in all these places look like Naxalites to you? Does this mean that the law-and-order system has deteriorated everywhere?
Referring to the farmers’ leaders urging protesting farmers at their level not to cut off the electricity supply of mobile towers, the Chief Minister said that it is clear that what is being seen at the grassroots level in some places is the anger of farmers which shows that, as a result of the new agricultural laws, their future seems blurred. He said that the farmers’ organizations are also making it clear that they do not want the farmers to participate in unconstitutional activities. He added that farmer organizations even advised all the protesters and people standing with farmers to get the number ported from the network of telecom providers, which they have decided to boycott.
Earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party national general secretary TarunChugh said that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is promoting urban Naxalism. Urban Naxal forces have been involved in the incidents of cutting power connections by uprooting mobile tower lines at more than two dozen places in Punjab. Chugh asked the Captain, ‘Have you joined hands with such anti-social elements to demolish law and order with the Naxalite forces in Punjab?’ Chugh had alleged that government involvement in road and rail route disruptions is clearly visible. Bharatiya Janata Party national general secretary added, “Anti-social elements are bent on ruining the industry, businessmen and the economy of Punjab by disrupting toll plazas, roads and railways. In the name of the farmers’ movement, urban Naxalism is being allowed to flourish in Punjab. Captain Amrinder Singh is pushing Punjab into crisis by not taking action against such elements.