Former MP and national president of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Mann) Bhupinder Singh Mann, 81, whose inclusion in the committee named by the Supreme Court birthed controversy among farmer unions, has recused himself from the four-member panel.
He thanked the Supreme Court for nominating him in the 4 member committee to start dialogue with Kisan Unions on the three laws brought in by the Central Government. However, he said that he is sacrifice the position so as to not compromise the interests of Punjab and the farmers of the nation.
“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, I am recusing myself from the committee and I will always stand with my farmers and Punjab,” he said.
There was a feeling among the leaders of BKU (Mann) that when the agitators had refused to appear before the committee, what was the point left in being part of the panel. “He had to give the resignation when they (agitators) had stated they didn’t consider the panel anything. In such a scenario what type of report the committee would have submitted to the Supreme Court,” said a leader of BKU, reported Indian Express.
Earlier today, the Tribune reported that BKU sacked Bhupinder Singh Mann from the primary membership of the organisation. Baldev Singh Mianpur, state president of BKU (Mann), said Mann has never shown interest in farmers' struggle. "He was even inclined to join the Supreme Court-appointed committee despite our organisation's opposition, which is against the interest of the farmers," he said. He alleged that Mann didn't participate even in a single protest. "We have also parted ways with the all-India coordination committee, which Mann was heading," he said. The decision, as reported by the Tribune, was taken unanimously in a meeting of the core committee held in Khanna.