Mumbai: Bhupinder Singh Mann, a former lawmaker and national President of Bharatiya Kisan Union, has recused himself from the four-member committee constituted by Supreme Court for negotiating with the protesting farmers.
Mann said in a statement that he was thankful to the apex court for nominating him to the committee but would sacrifice any position offered to him so as not to compromise the interests of farmers.
Taking to Twitter, Bhartiya Kisan Union 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.”
S. Bhupinder Singh Mann Ex MP and National President of BKU and Chairman of All India Kisan Coordination Committee has recused himself from the 4 member committee constituted by Hon'ble Supreme Court pic.twitter.com/pHZhKXcVdT
— Bhartiya Kisan Union (@BKU_KisanUnion) January 14, 2021
The BKU also tweeted an unsigned text statement purportedly issued by Mann. “I am thankful to the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India for nominating me in the four-member committee to start a 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,” the statement reads.
On Wednesday, protesting farmers lit copies of controversial agricultural laws to mark the festival of Lohri, while a farmer union gave a call for a massive mobilization of people from all districts within a radius of 300 kilometers of Delhi for the proposed ‘Kisan Parade’ on January 26.
Nearly one lakh copies of the three agri laws were burnt at the Singhu border alone on Wednesday, claimed Paramjeet Singh of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha.