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Farmer Protesters treated as anti-nationals: Harsimrat Badal

Akali Dal leader and MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal condemned the government after being stopped by the police, calling it a black day of democracy.

Talking to reporters, Badal has said, “We came to talk to our people. We are elected public representatives. We have not come to riot or incite any riot. We have come only to ask the well being of our people. But they are not letting go.”

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She has tweeted and said, “See how the BJP-led Government of India is arbitrary with MPs. We were dropped three kilometers in advance on our way to the peaceful strike site. But we are adamant. We want to go and see the situation with our own eyes and force the government to take action.”

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She has added, “The Akali Dal stands with all the like-minded parties and MPs who are going to the Ghazipur border to condemn the oppression of the farmers.” Even MPs are not allowed to meet farmers protesting peacefully. This is really the dark day of democracy.”

I am only surprised by the manner in which the place of agitation has been given the form of Balekilla. Barricades have been set up on the roads, not only have nails been hammered, but the police have been given iron weapons as if Pakistanis were standing on the border. This is your people. You are the farmers, you are treating them in such a way ‘, said Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

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Last September, when the three laws were passed, Badal had resigned from her portfolio in prime minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet, in protest against the passage of the laws. Days later, the SAD announced its exit from the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition, which is led by PM Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The SAD was the BJP’s oldest ally, with ties dating back to the 1990s. Badal was her party’s only representative in the central government.

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