“I asked the PM to resolve the matter of farmers’ protest and resume dialogue with the protesting farmers. I demanded that the three laws should be withdrawn,” said Channi after his meeting with PM Modi.
“I also requested to the PM that the Kartarpur Corridor, which was closed due to COVID-19 pandemic, should be reopened at the earlies,” he said.
Farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting at Delhi’s borders against three farm laws since November last year and have been demanding the legislations be repealed.
The delay in the paddy procurement was also on the agenda, the sources said.
Punjab Chief Minister on Thursday sought the personal intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to advise the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution to withdraw its letter regarding postponement of paddy procurement and allow the state to begin paddy procurement from October 1 instead of the proposed October 11.
Earlier in the day, Channi also said that farmers’ protest is an important issue and the Centre should take it seriously adding the state should not be made into another Jammu and Kashmir.
Last month, after several rounds of parleys, Channi was selected for the new CM by Congress high command, following Captain Amarinder Singh’s resignation.
These developments came months before the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections.
(With ANI inputs)