The Punjab unit of the Congress on Thursday hailed the decision of the Haryana government to bring a legislation to restore the lands of aggrieved Sikh farmers in the neighbouring state.
The Haryana Vidhan Sabha had on Wednesday passed the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Haryana Amendment Bill, 2013, ensuring that no farmer whose lease had expired would be displaced from the state. "Hooda has extended the lease of all ousted farmers, including thousands of Sikhs, by another 99 years through this legislation," Punjab Congress spokesman Sukhpal Khaira said here in a statement.
Khaira stated that contrary to this, the BJP government of Narendra Modi in Gujarat had only "shed crocodile tears and made false promises on the issue of the eviction of Sikh farmers from his state". The Punjab Congress spokesman also dared chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to seek a similar law from his Gujarat counterpart.