Haryana Chief Minister: Charuni responsible

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today blamed BKU (Charuni) chief Gurnam Singh Charuni for instigating youths who vandalised the “kisan mahapanchayat” venue at Kaimla village in Karnal.

Addressing a press conference, Khattar said, “There was no intelligence failure as the protesters had assured the administration that they would hold a peaceful symbolic protest. These people have defamed farmers through such violent acts. In fact, today’s incident gave a stronger message to the people, bigger than I intended to give by attending the function.”

Blaming the Congress, Left and BKU (Charuni) president for instigating protesters, he said such acts only exposed them.

“Charuni’s video that has gone viral since January 8 was basically responsible for today’s unruly behaviour by some youths,” he said. “Farmers don’t have such nature. A farmer can be less educated or simple, but he is sensible,” he said.

He said the Centre had already agreed to amendments to farm laws and the farm unions should let these be tested for a year across the country.

On Congress’ demand for a special Assembly session for seeking trust vote, he said the Opposition was “day dreaming”.

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