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Farmers’ stir politically influenced: Sukhbir Badal

punjab Updated: Oct 09, 2015 00:10 IST
HT Correspondent
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Claiming that Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had announced maximum compensation in the country for the state’s farmers, deputy CM Sukhbir Badal (HT Photo )

Claiming that Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had announced maximum compensation in the country for the state’s farmers, deputy CM Sukhbir Badal said here on Thursday that the agitation by a section of farmers’ organisations was politically influenced and caused disruptions for the common man.

Sukhbir, who was here to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, told reporters, “Farmers’ organisations must discuss their grievances, if any, with the chief minister to find a solution rather than opting for an agitation.”

He said whitefly had done more damage to the cotton crop in states such as Rajasthan and Haryana as compared to Punjab, but the latter had announced maximum compensation of Rs 644 crore to bail out farmers.

Sukhbir added that the CM had also approached the Prime Minister to seek approval for the export of basmati to countries where the import of rice from India had been banned.

In reply to a query regarding the pesticide scam, the deputy CM said the guilty would not be spared.