Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday accused the Congress leadership of trying to divide the agricultural communities of his state and Haryana by provoking bilateral disputes.
In a meeting with a delegation of Punjab and Haryana farmers during a sangat darshan (public contact) programme at Punjab Bhawan in New Delhi, Sukhbir alleged that the Congress government of Haryana had spend crores of rupees on water disputes litigation and digging canals to drain Punjab of water but not spent even half the amount on providing farmers with affordable, water-saving irrigation technologies.
He has said that the Congress was aware that Green Revolution would deplete both states of groundwater and it would be able to use the scarcity as a tool of spark conflict between the two states. On the issue of fixing of minimum support price (MSP) for crop based on the Swaminathan Commission recommendations, Sukhbir said the farmers of Punjab and Haryana were united on the issue and the alliance between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) had this on agenda. "The Congress knows that once the farmers of both states are united, they would be hard to ignore," he claimed.