After Parkash Singh Badal, MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa also returns Padma Bhushan (Social Media)
Farmers’ groups met three Union ministers on Thursday for fourth round of talks amid an ongoing protest seeking repeal of the new farm laws. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railways, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, who is an MP from Punjab, are holding talks with the representatives of 35 farmers’ unions at the Vigyan Bhawan in the national capital.
Meanwhile, former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has returned his Padam Vibhushan award to protest “betrayal of farmers” by government.
Award Return Begins:
Now, Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) chief and Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa returned his Padma Bhushan award to oppose farm laws here on Thursday.
The veteran leader, who parted ways with the Shiromani Akali Dal following political differences with SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, was presented the Padma Bhushan by President of India Ram Nath Kovind in March 2019.
Dhindsa, who was presented the Padma Bhushan by President Ram Nath Kovind in March 2019. He told the media that he was returning his award in protest against the agricultural laws. “The award is worthless as farmers are ignored”.
His party comprises SAD rebels who blamed Sukhbir Badal for the 2017 election debacle. And his ‘dubious’ role in the probe of the sacrilege incident and subsequent police firing on peaceful protestors.
In July, the rebels arbitrarily removed SAD chief Sukhbir Badal from the party’s top post. And appointed Dhindsa as the new party chief.
The Rajya Sabha MP said that his party workers are extending support to farmers. And he has asked them not to discuss party politics in farmers’ protests.
He added, “I will intensify the agitation if the government does not repel such black laws.”
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