Punjab CM Channi meets Amit Shah, asks to withdraw agricultural laws by referring to Lakhimpur incident

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New Delhi Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday. During this, Channi, referring to the incident of Lakhimpur Kheri, demanded the withdrawal of all three agricultural laws. Both of them discussed on many issues related to Punjab. Channi reached the home minister’s residence in the evening to meet him. After this meeting, he spoke to the media. He told, ‘Today I met the Home Minister. He has been asked to withdraw all three agricultural laws. I have spoken to him on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. Have asked to seal the Punjab border so that weapons and drugs cannot enter Punjab. Even before this, Channi had made it clear about the agenda of the meeting. He had told that he would meet the Home Minister and raise the issue of Lakhimpur Kheri. Channi had said that the violence at Lakhimpur Kheri reminded him of the Jallianwala Bagh incident of 1919. The CM along with some ministers of the state government and Congress MLAs held a silent protest on Monday at the Gandhi Memorial building complex in Chandigarh against the violence at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. Sunday saw the bloodiest clash since farmers’ protests against the Centre’s agricultural laws began last year. Eight people died in this and many others were injured. Four farmers were among those killed, who were allegedly rammed into vehicles by BJP workers on their way to an event to welcome Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Others were BJP workers and their driver, who were pulled out of the vehicle and thrashed to death. In addition, two cars were set on fire. Channi had alleged that the “murder” of the farmers was done deliberately. He had said that he would meet the Union Home Minister at 6.30 pm and would take up the Lakhimpur Kheri incident with him. Lashing out at the BJP government at the Centre, Channi had said that they should not force the youth of the country to look to martyrs like Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev and Shaheed Udham Singh to ‘restore’ democracy again. Channi had said the Lakhimpur Kheri incident was “tragic” and demanded the withdrawal of the three controversial agricultural laws with immediate effect. The Punjab CM had alleged, “The manner in which the SUV car was plowed from behind and killed the peaceful protesting farmers was deliberate.” For this, he referred to the video clip in which such an incident is seen. He had said, ‘It is necessary to recognize the voice of the people. In a democracy, governments should work according to the will of the people. He had said, ‘Today farmers are unhappy and they are dying. Considering this, these (agriculture) laws should be withdrawn immediately.

[Attribution to NBT]

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