Instead of turban issue in Bengal, BJP should look into farm law affected-Sikhs: Congress

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Kolkata, Oct 12 (PTI) Congress leader in the Lok Sabha
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday said when lakhs of Sikhs in
Punjab are facing an uncertain future because of farm laws
passed by the BJP-led central government, while the saffron
party is crying foul over an alleged incident of pulling off
of the turban of a Sikh by the police during a protest rally
here.
Chowdhury said that the Congress has a lot of
complaints against the police in West Bengal, but he does not
believe that the force indulges in communalism or dividing
people on the basis of caste and creed.

The BJP has alleged that the police have shown
disrespect to the Sikh community by allegedly pulling off the
turban of Balwinder Singh, a private security officer of a
party leader, while arresting him for carrying a firearm
during a protest march to the state secretariat on October 8.

The state government has said that his turban came
off during a scuffle with the police.

Chowdhury, also the state Congress president, told
reporters that the police have explained the reason for
arresting Singh, and questioned why he was carrying a firearm
in a rally.

Holding that the Sikhs and Bengalis have lived in
harmony in West Bengal for ages, he said that “the BJP will
not be able to draw them into communal politics”.

Chowdhury said that there may have been attacks on the
Sikhs in other parts of the country, but there has never been
an incident of atrocity on them in this state.
“Lakhs of Sikh people are protesting against the
Narendra Modi government”s farm laws since they fear that
these will throw their lives into an uncertain future. If the
BJP really has any feeling for the sentiment of the Sikhs, its
leaders in Bengal should speak out against the farm laws,” he
said.

Three contentious farm laws have triggered protests by
farmers especially in Punjab and Haryana.

He said that at least 40 crore jobs are needed in the
country now and that the people are going through an
unprecedented phase of poverty and hardship amid the
coronavirus pandemic.

The buying capacity of people in the country has
reduced drastically as they do not have money in their hands.

“Per capita income of the citizens of Bangladesh is
higher than that of the Indians. The economic situation of the
neighbouring country is better than that of us,” he said.

Chowdhury said that at a time when people have lost
jobs owing to the pandemic, the central government has brought
upon them another big blow by bringing the farm laws.

Anti-labour laws brought by the central government are
also taking away the rights of workers, he claimed.

“Instead of bringing in a vaccine for Covid-19,
working for the betterment of healthcare services in the
country and helping the economically distressed people, the
government has taken advantage of the situation brought in
anti-farmer and anti-labour laws,” he said. PTI AMR
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