Punjab AAP convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur, on Wednesday, said farmer subsidies including free power to farm tube wells will continue under the Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab.
Chhotepur said the existing subsidies were insufficient for farmers, and hence they were driven to suicide because of financial crisis.
Citing USA’s example, Chhotepur said the US government gave full compensation to farmers against any loss caused to their crop, adding that free power to farm tube wells was meaningless because the government had failed to ensure regular flow of electricity even for a few hours daily.
The AAP leader said he had met with a group of farmers a few days ago, who said they had never sought free power for their tube wells. They only wanted round the clock power supply.
Chhotepur also said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal should give up hopes of retaining power in the upcoming state assembly elections, because each section of society in Punjab had suffered at the hands of the SADBJP rule.
He also alleged that once a great political party, the Shiromani Akali Dal had now been reduced to mere a fatherson company, adding that other Akali leaders and workers were feeling suffocated due to Badal’s alleged dictatorial behaviour.
Coming back to his party’s policies, the AAP leader said the party manifesto will be released next month and would concentrate on removing poverty, unemployment and corruption, besides controlling the drug menace effectively. He went on to say that the illicit drug trade in the state had flourished under the patronage of influencial politicians, and claimed that action
He stated that on coming to power legal action will be initiated against all those found guilty of running and patronising the drug trade. He also claimed that Punjab had made up its mind to vote the AAP government to power in the upcoming assembly polls in 2017.