Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tueday asked law minister Kapil Sibal to extend complete legal support to Sikh farmers facing eviction from their land in Kutch, Gujarat, after a delegation of Congress MPs from Punjab and Haryana met him.
The PM assured the delegation that the case would be contested by top lawyers.
The Gujarat government had reportedly ordered the 500-member Sikh community in Kutch to sell their land and return to Punjab since they weren’t Gujaratis, citing the Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act 1948.
The Gujarat HC had dismissed the orders of the state government, which filed a special leave petition in the apex court, to be heard on August 27, the delegation informed the PM. They also met Sonia Gandhi.
Lashing out at Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi for “misleading” the people, Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa said “Badal and Modi have teamed up to cover up their blunders,”.
He claimed that the Gujarat Sikhs had unsuccessfully appealed to Badal in 2010.
“The model of governance and development presented by Badal and Modi has flopped,” Bajwa added.