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“Don’t make Punjab another J&K:” Channi threatens Centre over farm laws

Punjab’s new Congress CM Charanjit Singh Channi has made a very provocative and controversial statement to support the motivated protests against the much-needed farm reforms introduced by the central government.

“This (protest against three farm laws) is a serious issue, the Central govt should take it seriously. Punjab is a border state and should not be made another Jammu and Kashmir”: Channi said.

Previous Punjab CM Amarinder Singh had also stoked the fires of these anarchical protests that have completely upset daily lives for lakhs of citizens in Delhi and other states. Protestors have refused to engage meaningfully with the government and have even summarily rejected Supreme Court’s intervention. They are sticking to their maximalist demands, at the top of which is a demand for MSP to be expanded to include more crops and made a legal right.

Amarinder had cynically asked farmers not to protest in Punjab as it was hurting the economy, but do ‘whatever they wanted’ in Delhi, Haryana. But when it came to national security in this sensitive border state with a history of Pakistan-stoked separatist terror, Amarinder was always outspoken in slamming Pakistani designs to destabilize the state.

The latest choice of the mother-son-daughter combine aka Congress High Command however seems to have no such qualms. Although officially from a SC Sikh community, there is evidence to suggest that Channi has actually converted to Christianity which would put his election from a reserved SC constituency under the scanner. He has also been embroiled in controversies related to sexual harassment, misuse of official power and a lackadaisical work style.

We have already seen Khalistani infiltration of these protests with people boasting ‘we shot Indira, Modi is nothing’, death chants for the PM, and finally the vandalism of Red Fort on January 26, and desecration of the tricolor. Khalistani terror which had been extinguished by the mid 90s, has been steadily raising its head over the last few years as the gunning down of several Hindu and other leaders shows.

The sight of an Indian Army convoy being stopped on a Punjab highway by a posse of arrogant louts pretending to be protesting farmers, has rankled every citizen.

So for a CM to stoke the fires by hinting that a protest over a law passed by Bharat’s parliament could tip over into an armed insurrection against the nation, is preposterous. Such statements also give legitimacy to the idea that the Islamic terrorism plaguing J&K is not sponsored by Pakistan. How different are such indirect threats by Channi, from the likes of Owaisi warning of a third wave of radicalization and terror?

If Channi cannot convince protestors to come to the negotiating table and to adopt a more mature approach, he is not fit to serve. If he is convinced that the section of Jat Sikh farmers and arhatiyas spear-heading these protests are representative of all Punjab farmers, let him overrule the new reforms in his state and continue with the archaic APMC mandi system.

The rest of the nation cannot be held hostage with such threats.

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