Parkash Singh Badal, former Punjab CM and NDA ally, returns Padma Vibhushan over farm laws

Parkash Singh Badal, former Punjab CM and NDA ally, returns Padma Vibhushan over farm laws

Former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD leader Parkash Singh Badal, who was one of NDA’s strongest allies, has decided to return his Padma Vibhushan award in protest against the farm laws amid the ongoing farmers’ agitation.

Parkash Singh Badal has said, “I feel so poor that I do not have much else to sacrifice to express solidarity with the farmers’ cause.”

“I owe everything to the farmers. I am who I am because of them. There is no point in holding on to honors if farmers are dishonored. I am deeply pained by the betrayal on assurances given to farmers to address their apprehensions,” said Parkash Singh Badal while returning the top civilian honor.

The Punjab leader has come down heavily on the Centre slamming the “communal and separatist insinuations against farmers”. Parkash Singh Badal has also warned against dangers to the secular fabric of the country.

Former Akali Dal leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has also returned his Padma Bhushan to protest against the government.