Tribune news service
Patiala, August 24th
Joginder Singh Ugrahan of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) (Ugrahan) on Tuesday criticized political parties for state affairs and left the stage after AAP leaders Harpal Singh Cheema, Harchand Barsat and MLA from Delhi joined Ajay Dutt from the CPF Workers’ Union for the reintroduction of the old pension system in Patiala.
The leader, who had previously sat in the center of the stage, stepped into a corner as the AAP leaders reached the venue. Later, according to Ugrahan’s testimony, there was a stir from the stage. He said: “All political parties operate under the influence of corporations. The issues of old pensions, unemployment and the three agricultural laws come from the same. ”Addressing the organizers, he said the union would offer outside support if it wanted to give political color to its protest. “You shouldn’t have called us if you wanted us to share the stage with political party leaders. We wouldn’t have come, ”he said and left the venue. Shortly afterwards, Harpal Singh Cheema also left the site. Cheema said in a press release later released that the issue of restoring the old pension system would be included on AAP’s electoral platform.
The organizers said the gathering was held for the sole purpose of holding a protest to demand the reintroduction of the old pension system. CPF Labor Union Chairman Sukhjeet Singh said, “Anyone can come to the protest site. We haven’t invited a leader. We shouldn’t have a problem if a political leader supports our demands. “
The union was supposed to hold a protest march towards the prime minister’s residence, but canceled the program after promising a meeting with the prime minister’s office.