Apathetic approach on farmer protests dents India’s image internationally, says Sunil Jakhar
Chandigarh/ New Delhi: January 2, 2021: Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar today said the lackadaisical approach by the Modi government to deal with the ongoing farmer protests in the country will dent India’ credibility internationally.
Ahead of the scheduled visit of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as chief guest for the prestigious Republic Day parade in the national capital on January 26, the state congress chief said even Boris Johnson will now be in two minds before coming to India on the occasion.
The Congress Punjab president, who sat on a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi in solidarity with farmers cause while seeking a special session of the Parliament, on Saturday said there is a rousing sentiment from Indians settled abroad as well as from the international community in support of peacefully protesting farmers braving the bone-chilling winter months in the open on the streets in protest of the three black farm laws.
While Mr Sunil Jakhar held that the issue of farmer protests should be kept free from any international influence and interference, he asked Prime Minister Modi to find a solution expeditiously to the logjam that has now persisted for over 100 days.
He also asked PM Modi to rein in motormouth BJP leaders who come out with irresponsible statements that a solution to the crisis will be found before January 23. “How insensitive can that be. Does the BJP want farmers, many old and ailing, to be sitting in the cold until January 23? Its inhuman and insensitive the way the government is handling the farmer issues,” Mr Sunil Jakhar said, while appealing to PM Modi to make all out efforts not only to break the ice with farmers but also to protect the country’s image internationally.