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100 UK MPs write to PM Boris Johnson over farmers’ protest in India

More than 100 UK MPs have signed a letter which was written by the Punjabi MP in the UK, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, to the UK PM Boris Johnson to give a serious thought regarding the peaceful farmers’ protest in India.

Dhesi has urged the UK Prime Minister to raise it with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when they next liaise.

This is to express hope of a speedy resolution to the current deadlock.

In the letter, Dhesi had stated that many constituents, especially those emanating from Punjab, and other parts of India, were horrified to see footage of the water cannon, tear gas and brute force used against hundreds of thousands of peacefully protesting farmers.

It reads: “You were asked about this issue during the Prime Minister’s questions on December 9, 2020, It seems you misunderstood the question, since you were made to refer Pakistan and the need of two governments to settle these matters. The issue of course has nothing to do with Pakistan, but is regarding farmers from across the India protesting and expressing their concern of major corporate houses moving into the sector, as a result of new agriculture laws.

Could you please respond to clarify your understanding of this important issue? Do you indeed agree everyone has a fundamental right to engage in a peaceful protest?”

 

Source: The Tribune

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