Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday demanded resignation of Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi for allegedly calling protesting farmers “hooligans”.
Ms Lekhi, when requested about incidents of violence throughout the farmers’ protests towards the three central agricultural legal guidelines, had on Thursday known as the protesters “mawali” or hooligans.
After a reporter referred to farmers allegedly attacking a cameraperson when he was overlaying their protests at Jantar Mantar, she stated, “You should stop calling them farmers because they are not farmers. They are playing in the hands of some conspirators. Farmers don’t have time to sit in Jantar Mantar. They are working on their farms. Middlemen are behind them (protesters) who do not want farmers to get benefits.”
She additionally cited the violent incidents within the nationwide capital throughout farmers’ protest on January 26 and stated these protesters shouldn’t be known as farmers.
Mr Singh slammed the BJP chief for utilizing “derogatory language” for the farmers and stated the comment mirrored the social gathering’s anti-farmer mindset.
“Given the ruling party’s brazen attempts to stifle all voices of dissent and protest, the fact that it had failed to break the spirit of the farmers was clearly rankling,” an official launch quoted Mr Singh as saying.
Mr Singh additionally slammed the NDA authorities for its continued efforts to “suppress every single voice that dares to speak against them, as in the latest instance of the IT raids on the Dainik Bhaskar media group”, the assertion added.
Mr Singh known as the assault on the journalist overlaying the protest deplorable. He, nevertheless, stated Ms Lekhi’s response was uncalled for and provocative.
Ms Lekhi, he stated, had no proper to defame the farmers in such a fashion
The union minister later stated her assertion had been misinterpreted.
मेरे शब्दों को तोड़ा मरोड़ा गया है अगर इससे किसी को ठेस पहुँची है तो मैं अपने शब्द वापस लेती हूँ । pic.twitter.com/s98ezkskzl
— Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) July 22, 2021
“My statement has been misinterpreted. Nonetheless, if my comments that are being linked with farmers have hurt anyone, then I take my words back,” she stated.
With inputs from PTI
(THIS STORY HAS NOT BEEN EDITED BY INDIA07 TEAM AND IS AUTO-GENERATED FROM A SYNDICATED FEED.)