Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu on Tuesday accused activist Yogendra Yadav of inciting the farmers that led to violence on Republic Day.
Speaking during the motion of thanks on the President’s Address in Lok Sabha on Tuesday night, Bittu said, “Yogendra Yadav sabse bada aag lagane wala hai (Yogendra Yadav is the one responsible for inciting farmers that led to violence on January 26).”
Bittu said, “If the government nabs him (Yadav) it will be able to talk directly to the farmers. He is the one who would earlier talk about farm reforms. No farmer is against the country. The people of Punjab can never do anything to harm the dignity of the Tricolour.”
Bittu also claimed that “these people are the ones getting Khalistani funding”.
When Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi asked him to explain the remarks by senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury that the BJP was behind the Republic Day violence while he was accusing Yadav of it, Bittu said that was because of the involvement of Deep Sidhu with BJP MP Sunny Deol.
Joshi accused Bittu of “misleading the people of the country”.
Objections were raised when Bittu claimed that the new laws said the ‘mandi system’ would be done away with. There was commotion when the Punjab MP made a personal remark against Union minister Anurag Thakur, who countered him on his statement. Accusing him of misleading the public, Thakur said, “Where is it mentioned in the laws that mandis will be closed? Nowhere do they say that the mandis will be scrapped. They first misled the Punjab farmers and now are misleading the country.”