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IMMEDIATELY SCRAP THREE FARM ACTS: BADAL TO PM

December 07, 2020 08:05 PM

Scars of recent divisive and destabilizing moments will take a long time to heal.”

FARMERS ACVE SHOWN THE PATH OF “UNIFYING WISDOM OF SECULAR, DEMOCRATIC APPROACH”

RESPECT FOR BEAUTY OF DIVERSITY FUNDAMENTAL TO NATIONAL UNITY

ABDICATION OF FEDERAL PRINCIPLE AT THE ROOT OF FARMERS’ CRISIS

GOVT SHOULD HAVE TAKEN FARMERS ON BOARD BEFORE PASSING THESE ACTS

DECRIES POLITICS OF CONFRONTATION AS RUINOUS FOR THE COUNTRY

SHOULD HAVE CONVENED MEETING WITH FARMERS AND ALL PARTY REPS TO BREAK STALEMATE

Groa Times Service
Chandigarh Dec 7
Five time Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ‘show magnanimity’ and immediately scrap the three controversial farmers Acts “as a first step” towards the resolution of the serious crisis confronting the country today. “The scars of wounds already inflicted will take a long time to heal”, he said

The former Chief Minister also demanded that “100% procurement of farmers’ produce be purchased at Minimum Support Price (fixed as per Swaminathan Formula, C2+50) and that this be made a statutory legal right of the farmer.”

Mr Badal also emphasized the ´the need for a liberal, secular democratic approach to solve all the problems facing the country.”


Mr Badal said stressed the need for making India a truly federal country , adding that “that the roots of the ongoing crisis lie in the abdication of our commitment to the federal approach.

“The farmers’ crisis is not the only instance where this inclusive approach to nation building has been ignored or abandoned. The county and its government need to follow an approach based on widespread consultation and consensus. The scars left by our failure to do so in the recent divisive and destabilizing moments will take a long time to heal.

Mr Badal also drew the Prime Minister’s attention to “how politics of confrontation has fractured our social fabric. Consultation, conciliation and consensus are the foundation of any democracy. Consultative processes alone lead to consensus, and consensus alone is the recipe for avoiding confrontations like the one we see now between the government and the farmers.”

In a 4-page letter to the Prime Minister released here this evening, Mr Badal said , “The three Acts in question that have pushed the country into deep turmoil must be withdrawn without making the farmers and their families endure any more suffering in this biting cold. The issue does not concern farmers alone but affects the entire economic fabric of the country, as traders, businessmen, shopkeepers, arhtiyas and labour are also directly affected by it, ” he said.

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