Amarinder protests ‘step-motherly’ treatment, govt says did no injustice

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

November 5, 2020 1:29:46 am

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)

With Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday sitting on a symbolic dharna at Jantar Mantar here with his ministers, Congress MLAs and MPs from the state, against what he calls is the Centre’s “step-motherly” treatment towards Punjab, the Union government said that maintaining law and order to ensure smooth trains services in Punjab is the state’s responsibility.

Rejecting Singh’s charges, Union I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “The Centre has done no injustice.”

Javadekar said that since winter has begun, any “troubles” in sending deliveries to soldiers posted in North India is “not a good thing”. He also said Punjab government needs to talk to the farmers and ensure that the railway tracks – where they are protesting – are vacated.

The immediate provocation for the dharna was denial of an audience to Singh and the legislators by President Ram Nath Kovind. Singh clarified that he did not want to meet Kovind over the farm amendment Bills passed by Punjab Assembly recently to negate the Centre’s farm laws, but to highlight other problems faced by the state.

He said the Centre has not paid Punjab…

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