In a televised address to the nation on Friday (November 19), Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that his government would repeal the three farm laws. SGPC hailed PM Modi for announcing on Guru Nanak Jayanti.
The Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision of repealing three farm laws. He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “neutralising a big crisis” looming over the Sikh community.
In a video statement released on Friday (November 19), he said, “I have come to know that the Indian government has repealed the three farm laws. It brings more happiness that the announcement has been made on the day of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji.”
Expressing his worries that some groups were trying to make use of the agitation to wedge the gap between Hindus and Sikhs, he said, “We had worries that there were some groups in the agitation who were trying to distance themselves from the Sikh philosophy, tradition, history sentiment and tradition during the agitation. Then there were other groups which were attempting to turn the farmer agitation into a Sikh vs Indian government or Sikh vs Hindu issue.”
He added, “We, as a community, could face serious implications due to such attempts. We are relieved from such worries for now. I thank the Indian government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for neutralising a big crisis that we were able to see heading towards the community.”
Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said the Hindu-Sikh unity was always strong and will always remain strong, and the attempt of some to disturb it would never succeed.
He said, “We always want that Sikhs should live a good life in India. Hindu-Sikh relation was always strong, it is strong and it will remain strong. There were attempts to create communal divide using the farmers’ agitation. There were groups aiming to strengthen their political ground behind the cover of agitation. At the same time, they were targeting Sikh sentiment. They were pained by Sikh symbols.”
The Jathedar added, “So, it is a big decision of the Prime Minister and he deserves praise. Because not only have the farm laws been repealed, but a major crisis looming over the Sikh community has been neutralised.”
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) also welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “It is a blessing of Guru Nanak Sahib whose Gurpurb we are celebrating today, that the Prime Minister has announced to repeal these laws. Now, protesters will heave a sigh of relief….”
In his televised address to the nation on Friday (November 19), Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that despite his best efforts, he could not convince some farmers about the benefits of the new farm laws. So, he has decided to repeal the three farm laws.
He also assured that the process to repeal the three farm laws would be completed in the winter session of Parliament, which is scheduled to commence from November 29.
PM Modi had said, “What I had done was for farmers, What I’m doing is for the country.”