Farm Law Protests: Centre Treating Farmers As Enemy Of State, Says Harsimrat Kaur Badal
The central government is treating farmers as "enemy of the State", SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal alleged today, condemning the use of force to stop them from marching towards Delhi in protest against the Centre's farm laws.
Ms Badal had resigned from the Union Cabinet in September in protest against three farm sector bills, which later got the President's assent after being passed by Parliament. She was the Union minister for food processing industries.
The Centre should not adopt a policy of confrontation with farmers. It should instead talk with them and resolve their grievances, Ms Badal said.
"Using force against farmers on Constitution Day has turned the day a 'black day' for 'annadattas' of the country," the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader said.
"The BJP-led central government is treating farmers as an enemy of the State. We witnessed the same treatment when Punjabis were stopped from going to Delhi during the Asiad Games. Such repressive tactics can have very dangerous repercussions as we have seen in the past," Ms Badal said.