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CM Badal passes buck on congress leaders for displacements of Sikhs in Gujarat

punjab Updated: Aug 07, 2013 00:13 IST
HT Correspondent

Starting the blame game, Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal has passed the buck on congress party and held poor decision and policies of congress in 1973 responsible for displacement of Sikhs in Kutch area of Gujarat.

Speaking during swearing in ceremony of sarpanches and panchayat members in Sangrur, Badal said the present congress leadership in the state besides shedding crocodile tears over the issue, has failed to question arbitrary decision, that was taken by congress led government in Gujarat in 1973.

“In 1973, a Congress government of Gujarat had issued a circulars stated that if any agriculturist from outside Gujarat purchases agricultural land in the state, he was declared as a ‘non-agriculturist’”, Badal said.

The decision to freeze agricultural lands has lead to displacement of Punjabi farmers as it was totally based on this circular issued by then Congress government”, he added.

The state government has already announced to provide legal assistance to affected farmers and their families.

Badal said that ironically instead of making any effort and to take up matter with senior leaders at centre government in order to save Punjabi farmers in Gujarat, the Congress leadership in the state was making hoarse cry over the matter.

“Ever since the inception Congress has always remained anti-farmers in general and anti-Punjab in particular”, Badal said.

State government would fight the political and legal battle in order to preserve the interest of Punjabi farmers in Gujarat on the priority basis. Our team has started working and would surely come up with the best suited possible options to acrry out arguments with Gujarat government”, Badal said.

Speaking on the plights of farmers’ fraternity, Badal uttered that despite framers of the state had over exploited their precious resources to feed the nation but the Union government has made them difficult to survive with autocratic anti farmers’ decisions and policies.

“Instead of bailing out farmers from traditional circle of paddy and wheat, union government mocked state farmers by allocating them with Rs 200 crore crop diversification package, which was far less than Rs 5100 crore as demanded by state government”, he said.