The Aam Aadmi Party workers, Amritsar, led by zone in-charge Gurinder Singh Bajwa staged a dharna outside the office of the deputy commissioner, demanding immediate arrest of Punjab agriculture minister Tota Singh.
The delegation of AAP also forwarded a memorandum to the chief minister through the deputy commissioner.
While addressing the volunteers, Gurinder Singh Bajwa said it was appalling that the farmers who have brought distinction to the state as a major contributor to the national food bowl have been defrauded by the senior minister of Akali government, which claimed to be a saviour of farming community.
“Instead of taking swift and strict action against Tota Singh, the chief minister chose to make the director of agriculture department as a scapegoat and sent him behind the bars. He, too, has been released in bail,” he said.
“It is a common and well known practice that all the major decisions of the department are taken on the directions of the concerned minister or the chief minister. How can Tota Singh be given a clean chit in the scam pertaining to the purchase of spurious pesticides for cotton growers where several farmers have to pay the price for his greed,” questioned the AAP leader.
Bajwa reiterated that AAP has taken a stand for justice to the farmers and the party should settle for nothing less than immediate arrest of Tota Singh.
“Aam Aadmi Party after coming to power in 2017 shall take the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats to task and clean the administrative structure with innovative and transparent interventions,” he added.
The AAP leaders in unison demanded action against the minister and said the Punjab government was deliberately shielding him.