Punjab's Chief Minister Meets With Prime Minister And Requests That Farm Laws Be Repealed
After becoming Punjab Chief Minister, Charanjit Singh Channi had his first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
After becoming Punjab Chief Minister today, Charanjit Singh Channi met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time and requested that the three controversial farm laws be repealed. Thousands of farmers, largely from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting against the regulations for nearly a year. Mr Channi, who took over for Captain Amarinder Singh, also asked the Prime Minister to reverse the centre's decision to postpone paddy procurement in the predominantly agricultural state beginning today.
"Our primary source of revenue is agriculture. I've requested the Prime Minister to assist me in resolving the impasse with farmers who are opposing three contentious farm regulations "After the meeting, Mr Channi spoke to reporters. Mr Channi had requested the Centre on Thursday to rescind its letter shifting the commencement date for paddy procurement from October 1 to October 11.
After crop maturity was delayed due to recent heavy rain, the centre decided to postpone procurement of Kharif paddy in Punjab and Haryana until October 11. The Food Corporation of India, a national government organisation, works with state agencies to acquire crops.
Mr Channi is expected to meet with senior Congress leaders on his travel to Delhi, which comes amid a crisis in the Punjab Congress that began with Amarinder Singh's resignation and the resignation of state party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
According to news agency PTI, a Congress coordination group will be formed for consultations before the Punjab administration makes any important decisions. Mr Channi and Mr Sidhu met for more than two hours on Thursday at the Punjab Congress Bhavan and decided to constitute the panel. These two politicians will be on the panel, as well as a representative from the All India Congress Committee.