'Will return Khel Ratna if your demands are not met': Boxer Vijender Singh meets farmers at Singhu border
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the intensifying farmers' protest, Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh on Sunday met the farmers at the Delhi-Singhu border and warned that he will return his Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award if the farmers' demands are not fulfilled.
"I came here today as our big brother Punjab is here, so how can people of Haryana lag behind. If the government doesn't withdraw the black laws, I will return my Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award--the highest sporting honour of the nation," Singh said, who had joined Congress earlier and contested the Lok Sabha election in 2019.
"The farmers' unity was always there before it will also remain in the future," he added.
Several celebrities have met the farmers and have come out in their support, urging the central government to fulfil their demands. Earlier on Saturday, Bollywood singer and actor Diljit Singh Dosanjh also met farmers at the Delhi-Singhu border.
He saluted the farmers protesting against Centre's three acts and said that they "have created a new history". "This history would be narrated to future generations. Farmers' issues shouldn't be diverted by anyone," he had said.
Meanwhile, the farmers on Saturday held a meeting with the top leaders of the central government and discussed their issues. However, the meeting failed to resolve the issues and the farmers warned the government that they are ready for a long struggle and carrying material for a year.
The farmers are mainly protesting against the three farm acts which they claim that will only benefit the government and not the farmers' community.
The three farm acts -- The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 -- were passed in the Parliament this year.
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