Reacting strongly to governor VP Singh Badnore’s summons to Punjab’s top officials over vandalism of mobile towers last month, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday accused the BJP of dragging the constitutional office into its “unsavoury agenda”. Amarinder Singh said the governor has “bowed down” to the party’s propaganda on the state’s law and order. “Summon me, not my officers if you would like any clarification,” the Chief Minister said during a statement.
Captain Singh, who takes care of the state’s home portfolio, said that the BJP, by raising questions on the state’s law and order, is trying to deflect attention from the protests against the three contentious agriculture laws.
While the propaganda of the BJP on collapse of law and order within the state was nothing quite a tactic to divert attention from the farm laws issue and therefore the resultant farmers’ agitation, if the governor nevertheless had any concerns on things , he should have haunted the matter directly with me as custodian of the house Portfolio,” a Punjab government statement quoted him as saying.
“At a time when the very existence of our farmers is at stake, the BJP leaders are busy indulging in petty politics and also dragging the Constitutional office of the Governor into their unsavoury agenda,” he added.
Hundreds of mobile towers in Punjab, mostly belonging to Reliance Jio, were put out of action last month, allegedly by farmers protesting the centre’s agriculture laws. Captain Singh had issued a stern warning regarding over the incident and had asked the police to require action against those responsible.
Captain Singh today said that the BJP is trying to undermine the peaceful agitation against the laws by terming a “few minor incidents of injury to some mobile towers as a law-and-order problem”.
“These damaged towers are often and are being repaired, but what about the lives of the farmers lost within the bitter cold at Delhi borders, where they still fight for his or her rights amid total apathy from the BJP-led government at the centre?” he asked.
Farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, are protesting the laws for weeks in and round the capital . They fear that the laws will end the normal crop markets and therefore the minimum support price guarantee and make them vulnerable to exploitation by big corporate houses.
The protesting farmers have targetted some Punjab BJP leaders within the previous couple of weeks to press for his or her demand of a repeal of the laws.
On Friday, a tractor trolley carrying trash was unloaded ahead of the house of a BJP leader in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur.