Farm Laws: Harsimrat, Sukhbir Badal Held Amid March to Raj Bhawan

The SAD was to hand over a memorandum demanding revocation of the farm laws to the Cente through Punjab Governor.

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Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders Sukhbir Singh Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal were held by Punjab Police from two separate locations as they were trying to enter Chandigarh on Thursday, 1 October while marching towards the Raj Bhawan over farm laws.
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Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders Sukhbir Singh Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal were detained by Punjab Police from two separate locations as they were trying to enter Chandigarh on Thursday, 1 October while marching towards the Raj Bhawan to submit a memorandum to the Governor against the recently passed farm bills.

Thousands of farmers had joined three separate marches in vehicles starting from all three Sikh religious ‘Takhts’ to Chandigarh on Thursday as the SAD planned to hand over a memorandum demanding revocation of the recently-passed agricultural laws through the Governor of Punjab.

The three marches were supposed to culminate at Raj Bhawan.

Farm Laws: Harsimrat, Sukhbir Badal Held Amid March to Raj Bhawan
(Photo: Twitter/Harsimrat Kaur Badal)
Farm Laws: Harsimrat, Sukhbir Badal Held Amid March to Raj Bhawan
(Photo: Twitter/Harsimrat Kaur Badal)

According to ANI, the police lathi-charged and used water cannons to disperse SAD workers near Mullapur barrier.

Farm Laws: Harsimrat, Sukhbir Badal Held Amid March to Raj Bhawan
(Photo: Twitter/Shiromani Akali Dal)

Harsimrat Badal took to Twitter to say that “instead of considering the rights of the farmers, they are being arrested.”

Farm Laws: Harsimrat, Sukhbir Badal Held Amid March to Raj Bhawan

Three Rallies from Three Takhts

While party President Sukhbir Singh Badal led the march from Sri Akal Takht in Amritsar, former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal led the march from Sri Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda, and Prem Singh Chandumajra from Sri Keshgarh Sahib at Anandpur Sahib.

SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal at Sri Akal Takht in Amritsar ahead of the march.
SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal at Sri Akal Takht in Amritsar ahead of the march.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Shiromani Akali Dal)
Former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal kicked off  the march from Sri Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo.
Former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal kicked off the march from Sri Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Shiromani Akali Dal)

“We’ll give a memorandum to the Governor, with a request to Centre and President that Parliament session be called again and farm laws be taken back,” Sukhbir Singh Badal said while addressing farmers earlier at the march, reported ANI.

SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal enroute Mohali Raj Bhavan from Amritsar. 
SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal enroute Mohali Raj Bhavan from Amritsar. 
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Shiromani Akali Dal)
SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal enroute Mohali Raj Bhavan from Amritsar. 
SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal enroute Mohali Raj Bhavan from Amritsar. 
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Shiromani Akali Dal)

‘Why Did Rahul Not Oppose Bills in Parliament?’

The party on Wednesday asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to tell farmers why he had supported the abolition of the APMC Act and why he had not protested against the three 'anti-farmer' agricultural Bills when they were tabled in the Parliament for ratification.

In a statement, party spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said that after failing on all fronts and betraying the farmers by amending the state APMC Act in 2017, Punjab Congress is now trying to win the sympathy of the farmers by indulging in cheap publicity stunts.

“Getting Rahul Gandhi astride on a tractor in Punjab is nothing but a photo op designed to fool the farmers. The Congress has always adopted an anti-farmer stance, be it the party’s 2019 election manifesto calling for abolition of the APMC Act or the amendment of the state APMC Act in Punjab in 2017, which included all the provisions contained in the farm Bills passed recently,” Cheema said.

The SAD leader said that before coming to Punjab, Rahul Gandhi should come clean and tell the farmers of the state where he was when the farm Bills were tabled in the Parliament.

He said Rahul Gandhi should also explain why no top leader from the Congress spoke against the Bills in the Parliament and why the party did not even issue a whip to ensure all its MPs voted against the Bills.

Stating that both Rahul Gandhi and the Congress should not play a double game and try to deceive the farming community, Cheema said the former Congress president should tell the farmers why the party had not withdrawn support to the Udhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra after the latter voted in favour of the farm Bills in the Parliament.

(With inputs from ANI and IANS.)

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