Punjab lathi charge: It is always easier to preach than walk the talk. Many people have distressing memories of the protests that occurred during the time of the Farm bill agitation in Delhi. During the protest, farmers and some other so-called activists expressed their dissatisfaction with the bill and protested against the Modi government. Later, the protest went haywire and the so-called protestors crossed all the lines and limitations in criticising the Modi government. Few among them even created anarchy and rampage at the Red Fort.
But respecting the voice of so-called dissenting farmers, the central government retracted all three bills and accepted all the demands of the agitating farmers.
At that time, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, gave his unconditional support to the farmers. Going further he even passed sermons that Centre must not act in a manner worse than the British colonial rulers and urged him to accept the demands of the farmers.
‘Kisana di Sarkar’ resorts to lathi charge against Peaceful farmers of Punjab
On 30th of November, the workers of Sanjha Mazdoor Morcha, a coalition of eight labour unions, gathered outside the rented residence of Punjab’s Chief Minister, Bhagwant Mann. They staged a large protest demanding to raise their wages. However, the Mann-led Punjab AAP government which has been touting itself as the ‘Kisana di Sarkar’ resorted to lathi charge. A party that is the by-product of an Andolan, gave no respect to the peaceful protest of the farmers and rather used brute force to disperse the agitated farmers.
The President of Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union (PKMU), Zora Singh Nasrali, had announced protests to raise the demands of farmers. Highlighting the timeline of the meetings and apathy of the government, he stated that the aggrieved farmers had no options other than to stage this protest outside the CM’s residence.
He said, “meetings had been held with the Chief Minister, Bhagwant Mann, Cabinet ministers and bureaucrats in the past, but the last meeting with CM Mann was scheduled for October 3rd. But it was later cancelled and no new date was set. They had not been given any written assurance, so they had no choice but to protest outside the Chief Minister’s house.”
Zora Singh Nasrali added that police used batons to disperse the protesters when they attempted to march towards the residence in Dreamland Colony on Patiala Road.
Opposition launches scathing attack on AAP
Both the BJP and the Indian National Congress leaders asserted that it was Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who gave the order for the Punjab police to use lathi charge against protesting farmers.
Lambasting Delhi CM Kejriwal, BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa said that Mr Kejriwal has shown his true face. Punjabis will give him a befitting reply to this injustice of Kejriwal.
CM भगवंत मान के घर के बाहर धरने पर बैठे पंजाब के किसानों पर लाठीचार्ज करके केजरीवाल ने अपना असली रूप दिखा दिया केजरीवाल किसानों को उनका हक देने की बजाय पंजाब का सारा पैसा गुजरात प्रचार में लगाकर पंजाब को कमजोर कर रहे है। पंजाबी केजरीवाल की इस नाइंसाफ़ी का मुँहतोड़ जवाब देंगे pic.twitter.com/2vMEecoOZq
Speaking to ANI, Tewari said, “It is the government’s responsibility to listen to farmers’ problems instead of the lathi charge. Punjab is a border state and maintaining law and order is very important. The government should pay attention and take steps very carefully because there is a big challenge of internal security here. There are some issues in Punjab that require consensus.”
Difference between words and deeds
Irony must have died a thousand death seeing the hypocrisy in the style of politics practiced by AAP leaders. Evidently, it was none other than the champion of protest Mr Kejriwal who was vociferously supporting the farmers’ protests against the farm bill. Back then, it was alleged that Aam Aadmi Party offered moral, logistical and practical assistance to the farmer’s protest against the three farm bills. However, when the farmer’s issues knocked on their doors, the AAP government chose the different path and used force rather than inviting the farmers on the table of dialogue.
In difficult times, people are often exposed to challenges. It appears that Arvind Kejriwal, who was offering the central government advice on how to best handle the farmer’s demonstrations, has failed to heed his own counsel. He was asking the Prime Minister not to treat them like the Britishers did, but now his own police are brutally beating the farmers.
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