Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal returns Padma Vibhushan to protest ‘betrayal of farmers’ by CentreDecember 3, 2020
Parkash Singh Badal returns Padma Vibhushan: Former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has returned Padma Vibhushan to protest “the betrayal of the farmers by govt of India”, news agency ANI reported. He was conferred with the award on in March 2015. Thousands of farmers from Punjab have been protesting against three farm laws saying they will destroy state-run mandis where they sell their produce.
The development comes even as the leaders of farmer unions are holding talks with Centre to resolve the issues on farm laws. The recent farm laws triggered massive protests in Punjab, which is the biggest beneficiary of MSP system.
The Akali Dal was earlier part of the central government but pulled out of the Narendra Modi Cabinet in Centre as the protests intensified in Punjab.