Meeting Between Punjab Farmers’ Union, State Ministers Remains Inconclusive


Meeting Between Punjab Farmers' Union, State Ministers Remains Inconclusive

The farmers in Punjab and Haryana have been protesting in opposition to the farm legal guidelines (File)


A gathering between a bunch of Punjab Cupboard ministers and a farmers’ union right here on Monday remained inconclusive with the peasant physique claiming that they didn’t get concrete assurance from the federal government on many points.

Bhartiya Kisna Union’s Ekta-Ugrahan president, Joginder Singh Ugrahan mentioned the state authorities had invited the union for talks on numerous points regarding farmers, together with the continued peasants’ agitation in opposition to the Centre’s new farm legal guidelines.

“We can’t say that assembly failed nor can we are saying it was profitable. It remained inconclusive,” he advised reporters after the assembly at Punjab Bhavan.

The ministerial panel that met farmers comprised Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa. The farmers’ union leaders had been led by Mr Ugrahan.

In regards to the ongoing farmers’ stir, Mr Ugrahan mentioned it might proceed till the farmers see what motion the state authorities takes to counter the Centre’s new farm legal guidelines.

In the meantime, a two-day particular session of the state meeting to enact a legislation to counter the Centre’s farm laws started right here on Monday.

“We additionally raised the difficulty of stubble burning as farmers are penalised even when they don’t have any viable answer to the issue. We additionally reminded the federal government about numerous guarantees they’d made to the farmers earlier than the polls,” he mentioned.

“We additionally advised the ministers that the Congress authorities ought to withdraw the amendments made by the state authorities in 2017 to the APMC Act,” he mentioned, including on many points they didn’t get “any concrete assurance”.

In the meantime, amid the assembly between farmers and the ministerial panel inside Punjab Bhavan, a excessive drama unfolded at its gate when SAD members, who needed to deal with the media, had been stopped from coming into the premises.

SAD MLAs, together with former minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Manpreet Singh Ayali, Pawan Kumar Tinu and N Okay Sharma had reached the venue to deal with the media after the state Meeting was adjourned for the day.

The policemen deployed on the entry gate, nevertheless, prevented them from coming into the Punjab Bhavan, saying they don’t have the permission to permit them in.

Notably, whereas media individuals weren’t allowed to enter the Vidhan Sabha due to COVID-19 scenario, the Speaker had declared Punjab Bhavan as an extension of the meeting complicated to allow them to cowl the Home proceedings from the TV screens put in there which uploaded dwell visuals.

“Is that this Punjab Bhavan or Congress Bhavan? It is a authorities constructing, not a personal property or a celebration workplace,” Majithia shouted on the safety personnel on the entry gate upon being denied the entry.

“Now we have come to transient the media on sure essential points regarding the farmers, however they don’t seem to be permitting us inside. Is the state authorities attempting to impose censorship? Why as MLAs we can’t come inside to talk to the media,” exclaimed Majithia.

“When the ministers can maintain a gathering inside, why are we being denied entry?” he requested.

Although three SAD MLAs scaled the gate and compelled their entry inside, they later got here out and the SAD MLAs raised slogans in opposition to the state authorities and sat on a dharna for a while outdoors the Punjab Bhavan’s entry gate.

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