Haryana’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar blamed the head of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Gurnam Singh Charuni, for instigating violence at a ‘kisan mahapanchayat’ program in Karnal on Sunday. Addressing a press conference hours after protesting farmers trashed the venue where Khattar was scheduled to speak, the prime minister said the BKU chief also said that Congress and communist parties had a significant role behind the unrest. .
“If I have to hold someone responsible for this, then a video of Gurnam Singh Charuni (head of the Bharatiya Kisan Union) has been circulating since before yesterday in which he had tried to instigate people. They are being exposed. I think the Congress and the communist parties have an important role behind these agitations, “Khattar told reporters.
In particular, on January 6, the BKU (Charuni) had threatened to oppose the ‘kisan mahapanchayat’ program. An alleged video of Haryana BKU’s boss, Gurnam Singh Charuni, calling for an end to the CM’s arrogance by not allowing him to address the mahapanchayat, circulated on social media.
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Khattar said Sunday’s incident gave people a bigger message than we intended to deliver. “Our nation has a strong democracy where everyone has freedom of speech. We never stopped the statements of these alleged farmers and leaders. Their turmoil continues. Despite COVID, we made arrangements for them. It is not right to obstruct anyone who wants to speak.” No I think people tolerate the violation of the provisions given by Dr. BR Ambedkar. Congress had tried to end democracy in 1975. At that time, people identified their disgusting work and threw them out of power, “he said.
Farmers disrupted the ‘kisan mahapanchayat’ program by damaging the stage and breaking chairs, tables and flower pots on site.
In the melee, stones were also thrown as police personnel ran for cover.
Angry farmers, mainly young people, damaged the stage, the tent and the speakers of the place. They also broke down BJP fences and tore up banners in the presence of policemen.
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