Chandigarh: Dismissing the diatribe of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal over the Congress’ promised farm-debt waiver as a sign of frustration, Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday reiterated that he would settle all loans of farmers on priority after coming to power in the state.
“I will also recover and use the money looted from people during the past 10 years of Akali misrule,” he added.
Amarinder alleged that crores of rupees have been looted by the corrupt and “plundering” Akalis through a series of scams in the past 10 years, including Rs 31,000-crore mega foodgrain scam and the Rs 17,000-crore pesticide scam.
He said he will go all out to recover every penny and use it for the welfare of people, including debt settlement of farmers.
He accused Sukhbir of trying to mislead people on the farm loan waiver issue by spreading misinformation. “The state government simply needs to take over the loans of farmers and settle the accounts by arranging for funds,” he added.
The former chief minister said there was no legal bar on settling loans by the government in this manner and, if necessary, he would arrange the required funds by “taking people’s money back from all those who had been diverting public funds to their personal coffers” in the past ten years.
The Badals, including Sukhbir and (Union minister) Harsimrat Kaur, have become frustrated and desperate as a result of their own failure to do anything for the aggrieved and debt-ridden farmers of the state, he charged.