Angered by President Ram Nath Kovind’s refusal to meet a delegation led by him, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will lead a relay ‘dharna’ of Congress MLAs at Delhi’s Rajghat against the agricultural laws of the central government and to highlight state’s power crisis & critical essential supplies situation amid Centre’s refusal to allow movement of goods trains.
It is to be noted that the Punjab Chief Minister had sought time to meet President Ramnath Kovind on Wednesday, Chief Minister Amarinder could have asked the President to approve the amendment Bill passed against three agricultural laws of the Central Government in the Punjab Legislative Assembly. The Punjab CM was also planning to raise the issue of stopping the goods trains before the President.
However, Section 144 is still in place in Delhi, in such a situation, all ministers and MLAs will first gather in Punjab Bhavan. Then go to Rajghat from there.
The Punjab Chief Minister alleges that President Ram Nath Kovind’s refusal to meet is unconstitutional. At the same time, he has appealed that other political parties of Punjab should also join this dharna.
Targeting the central government, the CM of Punjab said that the situation in Punjab is becoming worrisome. Thermal plants are on the verge of closure due to non-supply of coal. He also said that the supply of essential commodities like fertilizer, urea, etc. for the farmers is being affected.
Rail service has not been started in Punjab by the Central Government. In such a situation, the Punjab CM says that the industry is suffering in the state. He added that because of this, it seems that the central government is working with Punjab under revenge.
Captain Amarinder alleged that the way the central government is discriminating against Punjab, it is against the federal democratic structure.
After the three new laws to block the farm laws were passed by the assembly on October 19, the farmers had moved their protest away from railway tracks. Train services had not been stopped since.
The laws, however, are yet to get a go-ahead from the state Governor VP Singh Badnore. No reason has been cited for the delay.
It has been reported that both the main opposition parties of Punjab AamAadmi Party and the Akali Dal have refused to go to Delhi to meet the President with the Chief Minister.
On the other hand, The BJP and AAP termed Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s decision to lead a graded ‘dharna’ in Delhi as “an opportunity to be dramatized and photographed.
Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal questioned the Chief Minister whether he was really serious about the protest or just pretending. He said “If the aim is to repeal agricultural laws and ensure government procurement of food grains under the Minimum Support Price (MSP), the Chief Minister should then lead an indefinite hunger strike and not end until the demands of the peasant community are fully accepted. ” Chief of Punjab unit of AamAadmi Party (AAP) and MP Bhagwant Mann said that instead of going to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of “black laws” Punjab CM to mislead the people of Punjab, especially the farmers, is going to Rajghat to do “another drama” in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi. He said, “This is a thoughtful move to derail the farmers’ movement.”