Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Tuesday slammed Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh for “trying to get political mileage with fake promises” to farmers.
Accusing Amarinder of playing politics by visiting grain markets during, Majithia said the former chief minister was not aware of the ground realities when it came to paddy procurement.
“Capt had to return empty handed when he found the farmers were satisfied with the procurement process and arrangements made by the Punjab government at the mandis,” said Majithia, while addressing media after inaugurating a 66kV power grid established at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore at Sohian Kalan village.
Accusing Capt of indulging in dramatics, Majithia said he was playing gimmicks in the name of ‘kisan yatra’. “Farmers of Punjab are well aware of anti-farmer policies imposed in form of electricity bills for tubewells immediately after Capt gained power in 2002,” he said, while claiming Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has provided free electricity worth Rs 35,000 crore to farmers for irrigation in the past 10 years.
Majithia said Rs 180 crore have been spent for better supply and transmission of electricity in the Majitha constituency, highlighting nine power grids and 25,000 transformers installed for strengthening power infrastructure. Majithia thanked Punjab State Power Corporation Limited for installing the 66kV station within five months, which he said will be beneficial for many surrounding villages.