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How is Political Turmoil in Punjab Related to The Farmers’ Protest?


The crises in the ruling party of Punjab is seen getting worse with the turn of events in this week. Although Punjab is in unrest for a year since the farmers’ protest began. The political situation in the state is unstable as the state Legislative Assembly elections to be held in February approach near. With the resignation of the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Mr. Charanjit Singh Channi, took the oath as the CM of Punjab with 15 new MLAs joining the cabinet, immediately followed by the resignation of Navjot Singh Sidhu as the state congress president. “Farmers have already lost their confidence in the government,” says Ms. Samita Kaur, social activist and founder of the group ‘We Support Our Farmers’ in Punjab. “ I have been a part of the protest since the very beginning, India is an Agrarian Nation, and the voices of the farmers must be heard” added Ms. Kaur.

 

 

Criticizing the Congress, former Media Secretary of Delhi University Students Union, Mr. Mayank Raj Dang says “Captain has never been consolidated towards the farmers of the state and when I looked down at captain's political background, being from a military background his interest has always been inclined towards national security and the national interests, but with the prolonged protest his only motive was to straighten up his political benefits and he's never been supportive of his farmers.” Dang believes Punjab is in bad governance and this political chaos is a result of that. “It’s very essential that the state doesn’t end up in the hands of Mr. Sidhu or the newly appointed Chief Minister, Mr. Channi who’s a mere puppet of congress, or Aam Admi Party who clearly have their own political agenda. Peace should prosper in Punjab,” Mayank said.

 

While the NSUI (National Students’ Union of India) national coordinator, Mr. Pranav Pandey seems to overturn the issue. “Resignation of the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is due to his personal reasons which has nothing to do with the farmers’ protest. The two matters stand separate.” He said in his brief statement.

 

When asked Ms. Samita what are some of the reforms farmers expect from the new government? She said, “apart from standing in solidarity with the farmers by taking back the ‘cooperate favoring’ laws if the government really want to do some food providers of the county, they should start taking courses and free training sessions for the farmers in the Punjab Agricultural University than burden them with these discriminatory laws.”

 

The Turmoil in Punjab is being seen as an opportunity ground by the opposition, as AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal visits Punjab on the other hand the former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh is in Delhi where he met BJP senior leader Amit Shah.