Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asked union law minister Kapil Sibal to extend legal support in the Supreme Court to Sikh farmers from Punjab and Haryana who are facing eviction from Kutch area of Gujarat.
Bajwa accompanied by Congress MPs from Punjab and Haryana led the deputation of Sikh farmers from Gujarat to meet the AICC President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and brought to their notice the discrimination done to them by BJP government led by Narender Modi.
While Sonia Gandhi assured support by congress to the farmers facing displacement, the Prime Minister assured that their case would be contested by best lawyers in the Supreme Court. The case would come up before the apex court on August 27.
Bajwa informed the Prime Minister that post the 1965 war with Pakistan, the former Prime Minister late al Bahadur Shahstri had invited Sikh farmers from Punjab to make the land cultivable and help guarding the country's borders.
Many farmers had purchased land in Kutch area and permanently settled there. Now after over 40 years, the Gujarat Chief Minister had ordered them to sell their lands and go back to Punjab. On October 22, 2010 the district collector of Kutch district declared the land owners prima facie outsiders under the "flawed interpretation" of Bombay Tenancy and Agriculture land (Vidarba region and Kutch area) Act 1958. The collector also had frozen their land records.
Bajwa informed the Prime Minister that the full bench of three judges of Gujarat High Court had dismissed the orders of Gujarat Government but instead of implementing the order Modi decided to file SLP in the Supreme Court against the High Court orders.
PPCC president said that decision of Modi government demonstrated his anti-minority and anti-farmer mind set and demolishes his bogus claims of development. He said that Modi was trying to create artificial boundaries and dividing countrymen on grounds of religion, geography and culture. He said that action of Modi was danger to unity and integrity of the country.
The Congress MPs who joined the delegation included, Union Minister of state for External Affairs, Preneet Kaur, Union Minister of state for Health & Family Welfare Santosh Chaudhary, Mohinder Singh Kay Pee, Sukhdev Singh Libra, Vijay Inder Singla, Ravneet Singh Bittu and Deepender Singh Hooda.