Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday sought legal action against Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh for “committing fraud” by promising farmers a loan waiver, saying the former chief minister would not be able to do that even if the Congress comes to power.
“You (Amarinder) promised farmers in Punjab that you will get their loans waived off after coming to power. However, even before the elections could be held, you were seen at the Prime Minister’s door begging for Narendra Modi to waive these loans,” the deputy CM said at a news conference, referring to Congress leaders led by vice-president Rahul Gandhi meeting Modi. “Either you (Capt Amarinder) knew that you could not waive these loans or you deliberately lied to the people of Punjab. It is now up to you to come clean,” Sukhbir demanded.
He said this was not the first time that the Congress had lied to the people. “Earlier your leaders promised that they would give five acres of land free to the landless, but did nothing once elected to power.”
“Why didn’t you do anything on this front during the 10 years of UPA rule? Did you even make a single representation to your own PM, Manmohan Singh, or your party president Sonia Gandhi?” he asked.
Stating said Amarinder had even “concocted” forms which had no legal sanctity in which farmers were promised waiver: “This amounts to betraying the interests of farmers for cheap, petty political gains.”