Speaking from the protest stage at the Singhu border, where farmers have been camping for more than 40 days, Singh said the government wanted to go to the Supreme Court as it did not see any other way out. “We have been included in this matter against our wishes. We have told our lawyers to tell the court that we do not want to be impleaded in the case. The government wants us to be removed from here and the Supreme Court has already told it that it has no right to do so by force as we are sitting peacefully here,” said Rajewal. “We are prepared to go to jail. The Supreme Court should not discuss the law points going ahead as the matter would then be delayed for long.”
Rajewal said the unions were smelling success on the repeal of the laws by the government and that the farmers must maintain discipline at the agitation spot by desisting from consuming liquor and playing loud music.
“Drinking liquor or playing loud music by some youngsters is not acceptable. Two farmers are dying daily here and we need to observe solemn behaviour as this is a pious spot. Are some youngsters paying respect to the dead farmers by drinking or playing loud music?” said Rajewal. He accused intelligence agencies and RSS cadre of being active at the protest sites to defame the agitation and asked the farmers to “understand the enemy’s tactics”.
The senior farmer leader said the government was trying to sow seeds of division among the leaders of farmer unions but said they stood united. “No union leader will go back on repeal demand and even if someone wants to, we will not let that happen. We have clearly told the government that it will have to repeal the laws,” he said.
Rajewal further said, “The ministers have no answer and we have proved them wrong. The Centre keeps proposing amendments but we have told them that if the Centre has today brought such laws by interfering with the federal system, then we can’t accept such twisted laws and allow it to interfere in the future in agriculture sector again.”