Farming is soul of Punjab, attack on soul won't be tolerated: Sidhu


Chandigarh, Sep 18 (IANS): Marking his presence in politics with almost over an year of 'silence', former Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday slammed the BJP-led Central government for bringing the farm bills.

Coming out in support of the protesting farmers, Sidhu said "farming is the soul of Punjab and attack on the soul would not be tolerated".

Two farm bills were passed in the Lok Sabha by a voice vote on Thursday.

"Farming is the soul of Punjab. Wounds on the body can heal, but wounds of the soul will not be tolerated and condoned," he said on Twitter.

He said the farmers "are the pride and identity of every Punjabi".

Sidhu asked the farmers to prepare for a struggle against the government which has "snatched their rights".

Taking a jibe on the rivals in his philosophical style, the cricketer-turned-politician said: "The governments time and again kept on making mistakes that the dirt is really on their face and they clean the mirror".

Interestingly, Sidhu, who is 'upset' with his Congress government in Punjab, last used Twitter on September 25, 2019, to declare that he vacated his official bungalow as the Cabinet minister after resigning from the Amarinder Singh-led Cabinet.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who belongs to Punjab, resigned as Minister of Food Processing Industries on Thursday to protest a new legislation that sought to liberalise the agricultural markets.

"I have resigned from Union Cabinet in protest against anti-farmer ordinances and legislation. Proud to stand with farmers as their daughter and sister, she had tweeted.

  

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