Holding the SAD-BJP regime responsible for the current plight of farmers in the state, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh promised to waive farmer loans if the Congress is voted to power.
Addressing a ‘Kisan Chetna’ dharna organised here under the leadership of former Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa here on Friday, Amarinder also asked people not to pay exorbitant electricity bills. He said the Punjabis, with 2% population contribute 45% to the national pool of food grains. “But it was unfortunate that the state farmer was burdened under the unbearable weight of debt and some of them were driven to commit suicide leaving bleak future for his family,” he said.
Lashing out at chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal, Amarinder alleged they had ruined the farming community, forcing them to resort to suicide. He said the Badal government’s apathy have driven the youth towards drugs.
Referring to the complaint about the exorbitant electricity bills by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, he asked them not to pay these and promised to settle these if Congress forms the government.
Speaking on the alleged false cases slapped by the police at the behest of the Akali leaders on Congress leaders and workers, Amarinder promised to withdrawn all such cases in the first meeting of his cabinet. He declared that the politicians and police officials responsible for registering false cases would face action. CONG TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN: BAJWA Speaking on the occasion, Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa, said the Congress had decided to launch a campaign to deliver justice to the farmers with the theme: “kisana naal insaf karo, saara karza maaf karo” (do justice to farmers, waive their loans).
In-charge of the party affairs in Punjab Asha Kumari, Punjab election campaign incharge Ambika Soni, MLAs Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Ashwani Sekhri, PPCC vice-president Manpreet Singh Badal, PPCC general secretaries Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa and Salamat Masih, PPCC khet mazdoor cell chairman Inderjeet Singh Zira and others also spoke on the occasion.