Facing Teargas, Water Cannons, Farmers March On To Delhi: 10 Facts
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar -- whose state was hugely criticised for its use of force against farmers -- hit out at his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh, accusing him of playing "cheap politics" during the pandemic. Mr Singh, he said, was "only tweeting and running away from talks" over the issue.
Amarinder Singh hit back, questioning if he was inciting the farmers, why farmers from Haryana were joining the protest. Earlier, he had slammed the Haryana government, tweeting, "Why is @mlkhattar govt in Haryana stopping the farmers from moving to Delhi? The tyrannical use of brute force against peacefully protesting farmers is totally undemocratic & unconstitutional".
"Today is Punjab's 26/11. We are witnessing the end of the right to democratic protest. @Akali_Dal_ condemns the Haryana govt & Centre for choosing to repress the peaceful farmer movement," tweeted Akali leader Sukhbir Singh Badal.
The Punjab farmers, who had been camping out at the sealed Haryana border since yesterday, started their march this morning. Most have managed to reach Haryana's Karnal and are now struggling to move forward.