Tribune press service
Chandigarh, November 19
Even repealing agricultural laws may not make things easy for the BJP in Punjab, as the state’s citizens have had to pay “a heavy price” during the struggle.
Forgive and forget
There shouldn’t be a policy about it … Now we should all âforgive and forgetâ and create a stress-free environment. Arun Narang, deputy of the BJP
Shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement, the BJP state unit called him a âpro-farmerâ leader. Party Secretary General of State Jeevan Gupta said: âThe Punjabis are indebted to the Prime Minister for his magnanimity and his sense of state. “
However, the story on the ground is very different. There seems to be a general consensus that the farmers’ struggle has forced the government to repeal the laws.
“If the prime minister had been so concerned about the welfare of farmers, he would have repealed the laws much sooner and helped save over 600 lives,” said Jagmohan Singh, general secretary of BKU (Dakaunda). He says the laws were repealed not because of Prime Minister Modi’s love for farmers, but the BJP expected defeat in the upcoming elections in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Jagtar Singh, journalist and political commentator, said: âThere seems to be no end to the hostility towards the BJP leadership in Punjab.
The BJP suffered a crushing defeat in local elections held in February this year. Only 48 candidates out of its more than 1,000 candidates could win.