Protesting Farm leaders to call Boris Johnson to skip Republic Day event

New Delhi: Protesting farm leaders on Tuesday said that they requested British-Punjabi leaders to appeal to Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK) to skip India’s Republic Day event as the chief guest until the Central Government repeals its “black laws.”

The leaders additionally said they have conceded their meeting by a day to Wednesday, to choose a reaction to the Government’s letter approaching them to fix a date for the following round of talks. Moreover, they gave an appeal to “boycott all stores run by Ambani and Adani.”

In Punjab, the farm leaders hit out at Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s new appeal in talks and said that as opposed to reacting to their interest to scrap the three laws, the Government is occupied with “propaganda” to promote them.

Harender Singh Lakhowal, State Convener, BKU (Lakhowal), speaking to reporters at the Singhu border, said, “We are requesting the British Prime Minister to not come to India as long as the demands of the farmers are not met. We have appealed to leaders from Punjab who are now in England politics and have won elections there,” reported The Indian Express.

A week ago, visiting British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab reported that Boris Johnson would be the chief guest at the Republic Day event in January. Raab likewise said that he “discussed” the circumstance emerging out of the farmer’s protests with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, and underlined that “your politics” is, in some sense, “our politics” due to the Indian diaspora in Britain.