Bhartiya Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann has stepped down from the Supreme Court-appointed committee to look into the Centre’s contentious farm laws, saying he did not wish to “compromise farmers’ interests”. Mr Mann was part of the four-member committee formed by the top court on Tuesday to begin a dialogue with the farmers and the government and suggest a solution to the 50-day protest continuing on the borders of the national capital.
The matter will now go back to the court for further orders.
Farmers’ groups had rejected the committee, saying their members were already in favour of farm laws and accused the government of engineering the issue.
“We don’t accept this committee, all the members in this committee have been pro-government and these members have been justifying the laws,” said Punjab farmers’ unions.
Mr Mann was part of a group of farmers that met Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar in December, to express their support for the new laws.
A statement from Mr Mann today read: “As a farmer myself and a Union leader, in view of the prevailing sentiments and apprehensions amongst farm unions and the public in general, I am ready to sacrifice any position offered or given to me so as not to compromise the interests of Punjab and farmers of the country. I am recusing from the committee”.
“I will always stand with my farmers and Punjab,” the statement added.