Lashing out at Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Partap Singh Bajwa said that Badal has left the Sikh farmers of Gujarat in the lurch and even compromised the interests of farmers of Punjab for vested political and business interests of his family.
Bajwa also lashed out at deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, said that BJP MP from Amritsar Navjot Sidhu has rightly said that SAD-BJP government was building castles in the air and on ground there is no development. "Sukhbir had even beaten the Nazis in telling lies with full conviction," said Bajwa.
Addressing a public rally at Baghapurana on Wednesday Bajwa said, "Badal met the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi during global agriculture conclave in Ahmadabad last Monday but did not take up the issue of displacement of Sikh farmers of Gujarat."
Bajwa said that Badal had merely issued a statement citing an assurance by Modi not to displace the farmers. He said that assurance purported to have been given by Modi was self-contradictory when his government was not ready to withdraw SLP filed in the Supreme Court against the Gujarat High Court decision in favour of farmers.
"Narender Modi who is anti-minority community was adamant on his stand to dislocate the 50,000 Sikh farmers from Kutch area of Gujarat and as such he had not given any assurance to Badal," said Bajwa. He asked Badal to categorically tell the people what was his demand from Modi and what Modi had exactly assured him on SLP filed in the Supreme Court.
PPCC chief said that Badal was in the habit of making false accusations against union government and this is only excuse he had used throughout his political career to cover up his failures. "Badal was blaming center government for problems faced by Industry and agriculture in the state. During the UPA- 1 and UPA-2 governments the MSP of paddy was increased by Rs. 690 per quintal and that of wheat Rs. 645 per quintal while during the NDA rule from 1998 to 2004, the paddy MSP was raised only Rs145 and of wheat Rs130 per quintal," he added.
Sunil Jakhar leader of opposition also flayed the SAD-BJP government for causing economic disaster in Punjab. He said that Punjab government was running on the funds given by center government or by selling government properties. Jakhar demanded a white paper on economic position of state.
Prominent among those addressed the rally included PPCC vice president Gurpreet Singh Kangar, former minister Darshan Singh Brar, MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Waring, Punjab Youth Congress general secretary Sukhwinder Singh Danny, PYC state secretary Kanwaljit Singh Brar and SGPC member Sukhjit Singh Kaka Lohgarh.