Punjab-based farmers protesting against the agricultural laws have sent legal notices to Union minister Giriraj Singh, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ram Madhav for allegedly making defamatory statements against the agitation, ANI reported on Saturday.

The farmers have sought unconditional apology from the three saffron party leaders. “Statements by several political leaders have not been issued in good faith or with responsibility, but mala fide intent and for oblique motives to further vested interests and defame the protesting farmers,” the notice said.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party’s leaders have tried to allay farmers’ concerns about the new laws, some of them have called the farmers “misguided”, alleging they are being motivated by separatists and “anti-national” elements.

A farmer from Amritsar, Jaskaran Singh Bandesha, sent the legal notice to Giriraj Singh and sought an apology from him for an interview. “There are no talks about farmers’ benefit at the protests,” Singh had claimed. “In the protests, foreign powers have also come in. At the protests, Khalistan and Sharjeel Imam’s posters are being put up.”

Another farmer from Jalandhar, Ramneek Singh Randhawa, sent a notice to Nitin Patel for alleging that “anti-national elements” were giving money to the protestors. “In the name of farmers, anti-national elements, terrorists,...

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