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SAD seeks Sonia's apology on Gujarat Sikh farmers' woes

chandigarh Updated: Sep 11, 2013 22:27 IST
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Two days after Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi blamed the Congress for the woes of Sikh farmers settled in Gujarat, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Wednesday asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to apologise for such a situation.

More than a month after being caught in the web of resolving notices served on the Sikh farmers in Kutch, Modi had announced at a rally on Monday that it was the erstwhile Congress regime in Gujarat that had notified annulling the rights of farmers from outside the state on land in Gujarat.

SAD secretary general Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said in a statement here that it was chief minister Chiman Bhai Patel of then Congress government in Gujarat who had issued the notification in 1973, denying ownership rights of agricultural land to Sikh and Punjabi farmers.

Dhindsa asked Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa to secure an unconditional apology from UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to the people of Punjab for the "anti-Sikh and anti-Punjab notification" on agricultural land in Gujarat issued by her party's government in 1973.