The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), headed by Bhupinder Singh Maan, on Sunday, extended its support to Congress candidate Harminder Singh Jassi. Maan held a meeting here with state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa and accused chief minister Parkash Singh Badal of shedding crocodile tears for the welfare of the farming community, saying he lacked vision and commitment to the cause and all his actions were politically motivated with the aim of garnering votes.
He said Badal had failed to get any relief announced for drought from the Narendra Modi government at the Centre in which his party was a partner and his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal was a cabinet minister.
Maan said it was the UPA government, headed by Dr Manmohan Singh, which was more pro-farmer as is evident from the hike in the minimum support price of paddy by about `700 during the last five years. He said the Modi government, on which Badal had high stakes, had announced only a meagre `50 per quintal hike in the paddy MSP, which was a cruel joke with farmers.
He claimed that it was the Congress which believed in inclusive growth and had proved its commitment to the welfare of various sections of society through practice rather than just raising slogans.