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Haryana CM withdraws ‘tit for like’ amid farmers’ anger

Panchkula:

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has withdrawn his name, days after he was seen talking of setting up voluntary groups to counter farmers who opposed the agricultural laws. controversial comment.

Mr Khattar withdrew his statement and issued an ‘apology’ after protests by farmers and the opposition.

“I withdraw my statement. I do not want to encourage any kind of conflict in the society,” he said in Panchkula.

The Chief Minister said that he would not attend an event tomorrow as the farmers were planning to protest.

“Yesterday, I was supposed to attend a social program of Agarwal community in Kaithal district. But the farmers have given a call to oppose it despite my apology. Haryana Assembly Speaker will attend the event,” he said.

The chief minister made the controversial remark when he was addressing the farmers’ wing members of the BJP, who had come to his official residence to thank them for initiating the procurement of food grains.

In the video that surfaced on Sunday, Khattar said, “There are some new agricultural groups that have come up recently. We have to support them.”

“In North and West Haryana, farmers should raise armed groups… raise volunteer groups of 500-700-1000 people and pick up sticks and then follow the ‘tit for like’ policy… about the results I don’t worry and if you go behind bars for this then don’t worry about getting bail. You will come out as a big leader.”

The Congress, soon after, came out with its attack, saying Mr Khattar has been publicly accused of advocating strong-arm tactics.
The Chief Minister’s Office had said that the statement was “spread after cutting it in half”.

The last time the Haryana Police used force on farmers was on August 28. Around 10 people were injured when Haryana Police lathi-charged farmers, who blocked a highway en route to Karnal to protest against the BJP meeting in the presence of the Chief Minister.

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