IMAGE: Former India cricketer Yograj Singh backed all sportsperson who are returning their awards in order to show support with the protesting farmers. Photograph: Rediff Files.
Yograj Singh, the father of former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh, on Monday, urged the Central Government to listen to the demands of the farmers and also backed all sportsperson who are returning their awards in order to show support with the protesting farmers.
“Farmers are demanding the right thing, the government should listen to them. It is really high time that the government should come up with solutions in this regard and I back all those sportspersons who are returning their prestigious award,” the former India cricketer Yograj told ANI.
“Sportspersons returning award does not mean that they are defaming the award, it is their way to show their solidarity with the protesting farmers. Awards are earned by hard work of many years, it is not easy to get so if they are returning it, I back them. I am also with farmers, they are demanding the right thing,” he added.
Some sportspersons of Punjab and Haryana have been returning their awards (Padma, Dronacharya, and Arjuna award ) in order to show solidarity with the farmers.
Speaking about returning the awards, wrestler Kartar Singh told ANI: “In support to farmers in their protest, we will return awards.”
Boxer Vijender Singh, who joined the farmers’ agitation at the Singhu border (Haryana-Delhi border), on Sunday, had also said that he will return his Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award if the new agriculture laws are not withdrawn.
Amid the ongoing farmers’ protest, former national boxing coach Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu had also decided to return his Dronacharya Award to show solidarity with agitating farmers.
Cricketer Habhajan Singh had also lent support to the farmers, urging the government to give them an ear.
Thousands of farmers have gathered in and around Delhi to protest against the three farm laws, passed in the Monsoon Session of Parliament in September.
The farmers are protesting against 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.