Dal Khalsa appeals to Indian civil society

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AMRITSAR: Dal Khalsa has appealed to the people of India to observe a complete shutdown on Dec 8 in view of Bharat Bandh call given by 40 farmer organizations to protest against Indian government’s refusal to withdraw three contentious farm laws.

Party head Harpal Singh Cheema urged the cross section of people including traders, shopkeepers, industrialists and business community to join the shutdown call and deliver stern message to the Union government.

Making a specific appeal to the people of Delhi, he said the participation of people of the national capital will give a push to the farmers’ cause.

Cheema, who is camping at Singhu border along with party activists, said the Delhi people must realize that farmers from Punjab, Haryana and western UP were sitting on roads leading to the city to press the Government to concede to their just demands. “The success of bandh will strengthen the farmers’ cause. Moreover, Delhi is housed with foreign missions, international acclaimed personalities and renowned NGOs and the need of the hour is that the voice of protesters must reach them too”.

Addressing the spirited gathering, he appreciated the farmers of Punjab and Haryana, who have spearheaded the agitation to get the black laws repealed.

Taking a dig at the Ministry of External Affairs for summoning the Canadian High Commissioner to lodge its protest, he said instead of issuing veiled threats to Canada on bilateral ties, the Indian leadership should shun egoism and concede to farmer’s rightful demand.

The Dal Khalsa leader said the concerns expressed by the Canadian PM and his colleagues on Indian government using force to quell the farmers’ peaceful agitation were genuine based on humanitarian grounds. Their concerns need to be taken in a democratic spirit.  Welcoming the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres for upholding the farmer’s right to peaceful protest, he said as per UN charter human rights issue is an international issue and Canadian leaders have not breach the UN protocol.

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