Farmers are being urged to spare Punjab and protest at Delhi's borders, according to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh
Farmers should move their sit-in venues to the Delhi-Haryana border or to Haryana's boundaries, according to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who encouraged them to spare Punjab from their protests against the three central farm legislation. Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij reacted quickly to the Punjab chief minister's appeal to farmers, calling his statement "irresponsible."
Singh pleaded with the farmers to relocate their protest sites outside of Punjab, claiming that the state's economic development was being hampered by their continued agitation in 113 locations around the province. Instead, he advised farmers to exert pressure on the Centre from the Delhi or Haryana borders. “I want to tell you, farmer brothers, that Punjab, villages, and people are all yours. You can do whatever you want at the border (in Delhi), but you have to put pressure on them (the Centre) to get them to agree,” Singh added.
“Did you know that farmers are also occupying 113 locations in Punjab? What will be gained as a result of it? Punjab will be financially harmed. They're doing it at the Delhi (borders) and Haryana (borders). Singh ordered the farmers, "You do it there."
Last month, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar accused the Punjab Congress administration of inciting farmers' discontent in his state. Punjab Chief Minister Singh also urged the Centre to remove the three agriculture legislation while speaking to the crowd. The chief minister further chastised the Badal's for first supporting the agricultural regulations before backing down in the face of farmer opposition.