Coming to the rescue of farmers protesting against the three agricultural ordinances passed by the Union government, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said that police cases registered against the farmers would be withdrawn. The Chief Minister also appealed to farmers not to stop traffic or violate Section 144 in the state over the issue, but made it clear that no cases would be registered against them for violation of Section 144 as they were fighting for their lives.
The FIRs already registered against farmers protesting in violation of Section 144 would be withdrawn, said the Chief Minister while talking to media persons outside the Punjab Raj Bhawan after submitting a memorandum against the anti-farmer ordinances on behalf of the Punjab Congress. The farmers are protesting as the ordinances will ruin them and their families, he said in response to a question.
The state Congress and his government were with the farmers, the Chief Minister asserted, adding that the Centre’s legislations would ruin Punjab and its agriculture, which was the backbone of its economy. The ordinances would pave the way for ending the MSP regime, which will spell doom for Punjab, and in fact the whole nation, he added.
Capt. Amarinder Singh urged the farmers to take their protests to Delhi, at the doorstep of the Central government, and assured them that the Congress would stand with them in their fight.