Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, on Monday, slammed his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh for demanding his resignation over Karnal incident and alleged that former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda and other Congress leaders are “instigating farmers” in his state.
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He also sought to defend the police action against the protesting farmers in Karnal and said that strictness was needed to ensure a law and order situation.
The Punjab Chief Minister had earlier expressed shock at the “brazen brutality” of the Haryana police and had slammed Khattar for “unleashing such a vicious assault on the peacefully protesting farmers”, many of whom were injured in the lathi charge.
Hitting back at Singh, Khattar said: “In Punjab, he (Amarinder Singh) is instigating farmers and in Haryana, (Bhupinder Singh) Hooda and other Congress leaders are instigating them… No one has the right to block roads indefinitely.”
“Who is he (Amarinder Singh) to demand my resignation. Instead, he also hit out at Amarinder Singh and said he should resign as he is behind the farmers’ agitation at Delhi borders.. Farmers from Haryana are not protesting at Singhu or Tikri border,” the Haryana CM said at a press conference.
Who is he (Capt Amarinder Singh) to demand my resignation Instead, he should resign because he is behind the farmers' agitation. Farmers protesting there (at Delhi borders) are from Punjab. Farmers from Haryana are not protesting at Singhu or Tikri border: Haryana CM ML Khattar pic.twitter.com/D7dvNVN6Cu
Commenting on the IAS officer’s “break their heads” remarks, the Haryana Chief Minister said that his “choice of words was not correct”.
Earlier, Khattar had said that assurances of a peaceful protest were given by farmers, but stones were hurled at cops and a highway was blocked.
Farmers protesting in Haryana’s Karnal district on Saturday were allegedly lathi-charged by the police, triggering widespread outrage in the state and neighbouring Punjab.
More than 10 people suffered injuries after the police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the protesting farmers, gathered at a toll plaza in Karnal, responding to a call given by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU). The farmers were reportedly protesting against a state-level BJP meeting on the upcoming municipal elections attended by Khattar, state BJP president Om Prakash Dhankar and other leaders.
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ML Khattar mulls anti-conversion law
At today’s press meet, Khattar also said that the state was considering bring a law to prevent incidents of forcible conversion in Haryana
“Incidents of (forcible) conversion are being reported from many parts of Haryana. To stop such incidents, we need to make a law… A study has been done. A draft law will be made very soon. We will see whether to introduce it as an ordinance or table it in Assembly,” he said.