Former Punjab CM and Akali Dal Chief Parkash Singh Badal has returned his Padma Vibhushan to protest betrayal of farmers by government.
Badal says that he is hurt by the central government’s dealings with the farmers.
According to the information, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal wrote a letter to the President from his village Badal in Muktsar on 2 December. In this, he was angry with the Centre’s attitude towards farmers and expressed his desire to return the Padma Vibhushan Award.
In a three-page letter to President Ram Nath Kovid, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) mentor Prakash Singh Badal has said that I am so poor that I have nothing else to sacrifice for the farmers, whatever I am about the farmers. Because of In such a situation, if there is insult to the farmers, then there is no use of having any kind of respect. Badal has written that the kind of deception that has been done to the farmers has hurt them a lot. The way the farmers’ movement is being presented from the wrong perspective is painful.
A phase of award withdrawal has started from Punjab in protest of agricultural laws. Shiromani Akali Dal Patron and former Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, followed by Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) President and Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa have also returned their Padma Awards.
The Shiromani Akali Dal has already broken ties with its ally Bharatiya Janata Party in protest against agricultural laws. SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the Union Cabinet in protest against these laws. After this, party president Sukhbir Singh Badal was quite vocal against the center and he also took a tractor march from three planks to Chandigarh in protest of these laws.