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 through the farmers’ protests towards the three central agricultural legal guidelines, had on Thursday referred to as the protests “mavali” or hooligans.
After a reporter referred to farmers allegedly attacking a cameraperson when he was protecting their protests at Jantar Mantar, she mentioned, “You ought to cease calling them farmers as a result of they don’t seem to be farmers. They are enjoying within the palms of some conspirators. Farmers haven’t got time to take a seat in Jantar Mantar. They are engaged on their farms. Middlemen are behind them (protesters) who don’t want farmers to get advantages.”
She additionally cited the violent incidents within the nationwide capital throughout farmers’ protest on January 26 and mentioned these protesters shouldn’t be referred to as farmers.
Mr Singh slammed the BJP chief for utilizing “derogatory language” for the farmers and mentioned the comment mirrored the occasion’s anti-farmer mindset.
“Given the ruling occasion’s brazen makes an attempt to stifle all voices of dissent and protest, the truth that it had failed to interrupt 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 each single voice that dares to talk towards them, as within the newest occasion of the IT raids on the Dainik Bhaskar media group”, the assertion added.
Mr Singh referred to as the assault on the journalist protecting the protest deplorable. He, nonetheless, mentioned Ms Lekhi’s response was uncalled for and provocative.
Ms Lekhi, he mentioned, had no proper to defame the farmers in such a way
The union minister later mentioned her assertion had been misinterpreted.
“My assertion has been misinterpreted. Nevertheless, if my feedback which are being linked with farmers have harm anybody, then I take my phrases again,” she mentioned.
With inputs from PTI