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Farmers protest against Badal govt in Sangrur

punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2016 14:20 IST
HT Correspondent

Farmers protesting outside the office of the deputy commissioner in Sangrur on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

Nearly 400 farmers and comrades protested against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and BJP government outside district administrative complex at Sangrur on Tuesday.

Farmers, under the banner of Punjab Kisan Union gathered here from all the villages of the district. District leader Satwant Singh said SAD government has failed miserably in Punjab whereas Bharatiya Janata Party has failed at central level.

Satwant, while addressing the gathering, said SAD has done no development in the state except that of drugs. He said, no matter how hard they try to hide, but everyone knows that SAD leaders are guilty of promoting drugs in the state.

Satwant said Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP Centre was busy in signing deals with foreign countries, however, farmers of the country were dying of debt. He said, BJP government has failed to fulfil its promises of bringing back the black money and provide employment to youths of the country.

The farmers have been demanding a minimum pension of `4000. They want anganwadi workers and mid-day meal workers to fall under minimum salary cap. They also expressed their resentment against merger of State Bank of Patiala and other sister banks of SBI with the State Bank of India. They said farmers Unions will join the nation wide strike of bank employees on September 2.

The Anganwadi workers also participated in the protest and marched from Railway Station to DC office. Their leader Rajwant Kaur said administration and government have turned deaf ears to their demands. She said, they would show the government that if they do not listen to problems of citizens then they will no longer be able to rule the state. She said all the Anganwadi workers have promised to vote out the Badal government in the upcoming elections.