Hoshiarpur, September 13
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday appealed to the representatives of farmers’ unions not to hold protests over the three central farm laws in Punjab as these “have considerably impacted economic development”.
He said if the farmers wanted to put pressure on the Centre, they should shift their protest to Delhi borders as Punjab had already expressed solidarity with them on the issue.
In his public address after laying the stone of a government college at Mukhliana village in Chabbewal, the CM emphasised: “The farm protests at 113 sites in Punjab are not in the interests of the state’s economy and its people. Anything within the purview of my government was done promptly.”
Capt Amarinder pointed out that the Constitution had been amended 127 times since 1950. “So why not one more time to repeal the farm laws for providing succour to the farmers,” he said.
He said the Central laws had already been rejected by the state Assembly and replaced by its own laws which were sent to the Governor for his assent, but to “our dismay these have not yet been forwarded to the President”. Higher Education Minister Tript Rajinder Bajwa, who owes allegiance to the Sidhu camp, remained conspicuous by his absence at the Hoshiarpur event.