Rajya Sabha member Dhindsa returns Padma Bhushan

Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa
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Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa

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Protesting against the farm laws and in solidarity with the ongoing farmers' agitation, Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Thursday announced he was returning the Padma Bhushan conferred on him in 2019.

Chandigarh: Protesting against the farm laws and in solidarity with the ongoing farmers' agitation, Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Thursday announced he was returning the Padma Bhushan conferred on him in 2019.

Former union minister Dhindsa, who is the Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) chief, is a splinter group of the SAD led by Sukhbir Singh Badal.

He is another leader from Punjab after SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal who returned his Padam Vibhushan to lodge the protest against "the betrayal of the farmers by the government of India".

Dhindsa, who was presented the Padma Bhushan by President Ram Nath Kovind in March 2019, told the media that he was returning his award in protest against the agricultural laws. "The award is worthless as farmers are ignored".

His party comprises SAD rebels who blamed Sukhbir Badal for the 2017 election debacle and his 'dubious' role in the probe of the sacrilege incident and subsequent police firing on peaceful protestors.

In July, the rebels arbitrarily removed SAD chief Sukhbir Badal from the party's top post and appointed Dhindsa as the new party chief.

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