Farmers' protests: Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa returns Padma Bhushan to …

CHANDIGARH: The Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) president and Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has returned the third highest civilian award – Padma Bhushan – to the office of President Ram Nath Kovind in protest against the farm laws.
“Since I did not get any response to my letter from the President, I called his office and then returned the Padma Bhushan on Friday,” Dhindsa told TOI. President Kovind had presented Padma Bhushan to Dhindsa in March 2019 for his contribution in the field of public affairs.
The Rajya Sabha MP had on December 4 written a letter to the President stating that he cannot keep the Padma Bhushan award when farmers were facing ‘vilification campaign and hostile attitude’ as they were peacefully protesting against central government farm laws. Dhindsa had further added that what the people of his state were facing had been haunting him and whatever he had achieved in his life was a blessing of the people of Punjab.
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