Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal returns Padma Vibhushan award in support of farmers' protest

A SAD statement said Parkash Badal returned the Padma Vibhushan in protest against the Centre's ''betrayal of farmers' and against the 'shocking indifference and contempt' with which it was treating their agitation

Press Trust of India December 03, 2020 15:54:10 IST
Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal returns Padma Vibhushan award in support of farmers' protest

File image of former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. PTI

Chandigarh: Akali stalwart and former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday returned his Padma Vibhushan award in protest against the Centre's farm laws.

"I am who I am because of the people, especially the common farmer. Today when he has lost more than his honour, I see no point in holding on to the Padma Vibhushan honour," the Shiromani Akali Dal leader said.

"Parkash Badal today returned the Padma Vibhushan award in protest against the betrayal of the farmers by the Government of India and against the shocking indifference and contempt with which the government is treating the ongoing peaceful and democratic agitation of the farmers against the three farm Acts," a SAD statement said.

Badal said the farmers are waging a bitter struggle in the severe cold just to secure their fundamental right to life.

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