Bhartiya Kisan Union’s national president Bhupinder Singh Mann has stepped down from the Supreme Court-appointed committee to seem into the Centre’s contentious farm laws, saying he didn’t wish to “compromise farmers’ interests”. His decision came each day before subsequent round of talks between the govt and therefore the farmers. The matter will now return to the court for further orders.
A statement from Mr Mann today read: “As a farmer myself and a Union leader, in sight of the prevailing sentiments and apprehensions amongst farm unions and therefore the public generally , i’m able to sacrifice any position offered or given to me so as to not compromise the interests of Punjab and farmers of the country.”
Bhupinder Mann, who heads his own faction of the BKU, was a part of the four-member committee formed by the highest court on Tuesday to start a dialogue with the farmers and therefore the government and suggest an answer to the 50-day protest continuing on the borders of the capital . Farmers’ groups, however, had rejected the committee, saying their members were already in favour of farm laws and accused the govt of engineering the difficulty .
Mr Mann is one among the few farm union leaders to possess begin in support of the Centre’s new farm laws. He was a part of a gaggle of farmers that met Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar in December.
“Bhupender Mann’s organisation BKU sacked him that’s why he has resigned. He used his position for political mileage,” said Rajinder Singh Deepsinghwala, a member of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha.