Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence in Delhi to discuss the violence in Uttar Pradesh and agricultural laws.
After the meeting, Mr. Channi said, “I met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and urged him to repeal three agricultural laws. I also asked him to seal the international border with Punjab to prevent smuggling of drugs and weapons. to be stopped.”
“I also told him that we will not tolerate barbaric killings in UP. This system of arresting our leaders should stop. I requested him to open the Kartarpur Corridor at the earliest. He assured me that the government will take a decision very soon. Will do.” she added.
Earlier, before leaving for Delhi, the Chief Minister had said in Chandigarh, “These three agricultural laws should be repealed at the earliest and such incidents (Lakhimpur Kheri of Uttar Pradesh) need to be put to an end. Will discuss this issue with Home Minister. Amit Shah in today’s meeting.”
The Uttar Pradesh Police said that eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday. The United Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, had alleged that four farmers lost their lives in the incident.
Mr Channi’s meeting with the Union Home Minister came a day after he was denied permission to visit Lakhimpur Kheri, while his deputy Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and some Congress MLAs were “detained” after they were stopped at the Haryana-UP border. Was.
The Punjab Chief Minister urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to influence the UP government to take concrete steps to ensure justice to the families of Lakhimpur Kheri victims and reiterated the need to repeal three controversial agriculture laws of the Centre.
He also had his first meeting with PM Modi on Friday after becoming Punjab’s chief minister in which he asked the Center to withdraw three controversial laws against which thousands of farmers – mostly from Punjab and Haryana – have been protesting for almost a year. are doing. .
Eight people were killed in violence on Sunday during farmers’ protests in Lakhimpur Kheri ahead of UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit, in which both farmers and BJP workers lost their lives.
Among the dead were four people in a car, apparently part of a convoy of BJP workers who had come to welcome the UP minister, while others were protesters.