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Modi ignores Gujarat Sikh farmers issue: Bajwa

PTI  Gurdaspur, April 25, 2014
First Published: 20:17 IST(25/4/2014) | Last Updated: 20:18 IST(25/4/2014)

Punjab Congress Chief Partap Singh Bajwa today accused Narendra Modi of ditching BJP's alliance partner SAD by overlooking the plight of Sikh farmers in Gujarat who are facing eviction.
"Modi has once again ditched his alliance partner, the Shiromani Akali Dal, by ignoring the plight of Sikh farmers in the Kutch area of his state who were facing eviction orders," he said here.
"Modi at his Jagraon rally in Punjab had assured that no farmer from his state would be allowed to be evicted. But he has so far failed to take any follow up action," he claimed.
"The basic issue in this case was the withdrawal of the special leave petition filed in the Supreme Court by the Gujarat government against the orders of the High Court which had granted relief to these beleaguered farmers  settled there for the last about 50 years," he said.
Congress candidate from Gurdaspur seat also chided Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, for maintaining a "stony" silence on this issue.
"It is strange that Badal and his party are seeking votes in the name of Modi but has not touched upon any issue concerning this border state," he said.

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