Chandigarh October 2, 2020:
Five-time Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today asked the Governments of India as well as of the state to follow a policy of consensus and constructive conciliation rather than repressive confrontation on sensitive national issues.
“The country’s image must not be disfigured through intolerant governmental approach” said Mr Badal.
Mr Badal said that the entire state was enthused yesterday by “the Panthic fervor in the Akali wave to support our beleaguered farmers. This was a great spectacle for those who cherish democratic Panthic traditions.”
In a statement here, the country’s most senior statesman reminded the government of the need for consensus, saying, “Confrontation, especially violent confrontation, was dangerous and harmful in a country which prides itself on its rich diversity. “This diversity must not only be preserved but genuinely respected and promoted by everyone tasked with shaping our nation’s destiny.”
Mr Badal emphasized the need for respecting genuine cooperative federalism on the one hand and democratic dissent on the other. “A healthy respect for our religious, linguistic, regional and political diversity is the cornerstone of our Constitution and only a democratic and federal approach can make us a global political, economic and moral leader of the new world,” said Mr Badal.
The Akali stalwart described as “shocking and utterly uncalled for” last night’s repressive use of force by the police against Akali workers peacefully agitating for the farmers. “There was nothing unconstitutional or abnormal in protesters’ behavior or demands. It is everyone’s fundamental right to be heard through peaceful democratic manner” he said, reiterating that in the Governor’s shoes, he would have walked barefoot to meet the peaceful agitators.