Tribune News Service
Muktsar, November 19
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance that the three farm laws would be repealed in the coming Parliament session, SAD patron-cum-former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday said it is a defining moment in history.
“A historic victory of farmers on the historic and sacred day of Guru Nanak Dev ji’s Parkash Purb. This is the greatest event in the history of farmer struggles all over the world. I thank Guru Nanak Devj ji Maharaj and congratulate every farmer working hard in his fields. This victory will have wide-ranging and long-lasting implications on the struggle for justice not only for the farmers but for the poor and the deprived across the world.”
He added, “While I congratulate the farmers of Punjab, the country and the world over, my first thoughts go to the families of over 700 farmers who attained martyrdom on the path of this struggle. But I wish that they were here with us to see this day today. The loss of these brave soldiers and the tragic, disgraceful and entirely avoidable events like the one at Lakhimpur will always remain a dark blot on the face of this government.”
Badal said, “These brave sons of the soil would remain martyrs to the cause of justice for farmers, a cause to which my whole life has been dedicated. It was the first time in history of democratic governments that brazen and cruel laws were made without even taking the stakeholders on board. No government should ever do such an insensitive and cruel thing again.”
In protest against the three farm laws, the SAD had broken its alliance with the BJP and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal had resigned from the Union cabinet.
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