Chandigarh, Nov 4 (IANS) Ridiculing Sukhbir Badal’s suggestion that he should go on fast-unto-death to secure justice for the farmers, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said as a soldier he knew how to fight for his people and did not need any advice from the Akali leader on protecting the interests of the farmers.
“I have fought at the border for my country during the 1965 war. I did not think twice about going back to the Army when the war broke out after I had resigned. I have braved enemy bullets to keep my people safe and secure. What have you ever done for the people of Punjab or this country?” the Chief Minister asked Sukhbir in a hard-hitting counter to Sukhbir’s statement on the MLAs’ dharna in Delhi.
“Instead of joining us in taking the farmers’ concerns to the government at the Centre, Sukhbir and his party once again tucked their tail between their legs and holed themselves up in their comfortable corners,” the Chief Minister pointed out in a statement.
He asked the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president why he did not go on indefinite hunger strike to press the NDA government, of which his party was than a part, not to go ahead with the draconian farm laws that he is not claiming vehemently to be opposed to.
“And now you (Sukhbir) have the gall to tell me what I should or should not do!” remarked Amarinder Singh, adding that if there was a farce it was clearly and brazenly being perpetuated by the Badals, who had for 10 years done nothing but fill their pockets by ‘looting’ Punjab and its people.
The Chief Minister recalled that on the issue of SYL, he had not just quit as MP but had vowed not to give up a drop of water even if it meant giving up his life.
And that was not the first time he had taken such a stand, having resigned in the 1980s as MP after Operation Bluestar and as a minister from the S.S. Barnala government in the state in the wake of Operation Black Thunder, he pointed out.
Even on these central farm laws, which might not have become a harsh reality had the Badals fought their partners in the NDA on the issue, Amarinder Singh said he had already made it clear on the floor of the state Assembly that he will fight for the rights of the farmers till his last breath.