Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday wondered if the Centre could waive the bad debts of corporates worth Rs 1.14 lakh crore, why it couldn’t waive the loans of poor farmers, which amounted to far less.
Amarinder wondered as to why chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was not taking up the case with his “friendly government” at the Centre in which his daughter-in-law was a minister.
The Amritsar MP was interacting with farmers from the Malwa region at a programme, ‘Pagdi Sambhal Kisana’, organised by the Punjab Jat Maha Sabha, under the leadership of Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon, here on Thursday.
He referred to the reported move by the Centre whereby it planned to waive the bad debts of Rs 1.14 lakh crore owed by corporates across the country. He talked about how farmers were committing suicides over their inability to repay loans, which in most cases were just a few lakh rupees.
Referring to the recent suicide by a farmer, Amarinder said when the Congress would form the government in the state he would ensure that farmers were not driven to such desperate moves.
He strongly opposed the proposed move by the BJP government at the Centre to amend the Sikh Gurdwara Act, thereby stripping Sehajdhari Sikhs of their voting rights in the SGPC elections.
He said this amounted to circumventing the judicial process since the case was pending in the Supreme Court. Amarinder claimed that the Badals were making the BJP do this to retain their control over the SGPC and Akal Takht. He made a strong case for voting rights to Sehajdhari Sikhs, saying anybody born to Sikh parents and observing Sikh faith must have the voting rights in the SGPC elections.