The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Sunday urged Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to frame a policy to return the agricultural land to the Punjabi farmers who were "systematically dispossessed" of the land given to them on lease in 1951.
In a statement here, SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said the action of the Haryana government was a betrayal with the Punjabi farmers.
Thousands of Sikh farmers from Majha region were motivated to settle in the remote and under-developed areas of Pehowa that was part of the erstwhile Karnal district of the undivided Punjab. They had settled in Nimwala Kadiali, Kuppian, Mohanpur, Garhi Langri, Bodhni, Isshak, Bohda, Krah Sahib, Bakhli, Guldehra, Dhulgarh, Magna and many others nearby villages.
He said the Haryana Congress leaders had double standards as they demanded a resettlement policy for the farmers settled in Gujarat, but on the other hand, their attitude to the farmers settled in Haryana was just the opposite.
Cheema also came down heavily on Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa and other senior leaders of the Congress for "closing their eyes on what is happening in the neighbouring state ruled by the Congress".
He said it was astonishing to see Punjab Congress leaders shedding crocodile tears on the issue of Gujarat farmers but they preferred to keep mum on the plight of Punjabi farmers in Haryana.