Following a controversy over the members in the Supreme Court-appointed committee on farm laws, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Bhupinder Singh Mann, one of the four members of the committee, has recused himself from being a part of the committee.
Notably, several farmers’ bodies have rejected the committee claiming that all the members have already expressed their support for the farm laws.
The development was shared by BKU on Twitter. It said, “Bhupinder Singh Mann Ex-MP and national president of BKU and chairman of All India Kisan Coordination Committee has recused himself from the four-member committee constituted by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.”
Statement by Bhupinder Singh Mann
An unsigned statement reportedly by Mann was also posted on the microblogging website.
In the statement, the BKU national president said, “I am thankful to the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India for nominating me in the four-member committee to start dialogue with kisan unions on the three laws brought in by the central government.”
“As a farmer myself and a union leader, in view of the prevailing sentiments and apprehensions amongst the farm unions and the public in general, I am ready to sacrifice any position offered or given to me so as to not compromise the interests of Punjab and farmers of the country.”
He added, “I am recusing myself from the committee and I will always stand with my farmers and Punjab.”
SC suspends farm laws
Earlier this week, farmers’ groups welcomed the Supreme Court’s order to put on hold three controversial farm laws but have rejected the committee of experts set up to handle negotiations to end the agitation.
Farmers’ groups claimed that the committee includes members who have favoured the laws. The union said all members of the SC committee have been pro-government and they have been justifying the laws.
“We think the government is bringing this committee through the Supreme Court to divert attention,” Balbir Singh Rajewal of the Bharatiya Kisan Union had told the media at the protest site at Singhu border outside Delhi.
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