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Amarinder’s 6-month rule saga of lies, betrayal: Sukhbir Badal

The SAD president said govt failed to waive loan of a single farmer in Punjab despite Amarinder’s commitment.

punjab Updated: Sep 09, 2017 09:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal (HT File)

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal on Friday claimed that Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government has failed on all fronts in its six-month tenure which was marked by lies and betrayal.

Addressing mediapersons here, Sukhbir said, “It (Congress government) is completing six months in office soon. This tenure can at best be described as one raising false hopes with false promises.”

Counting what he called the Congress’ major debacles, the SAD president said the government had failed to waive loan of even a single farmer in the state despite Amarinder making a written commitment which was handed over to farmers through forms distributed to them.

“The CM reiterated this both inside and outside the Vidhan Sabha. Farmers are still awaiting loan waiver worth Rs 90,000 crore. Forget about doing anything for them, the government has raised market fee and rural development cess which will affect lakhs of farmers cultivating basmati, cotton and vegetables which are not covered by the minimum support price (MSP),” said the SAD president.

He said with this decision, farmers will get less for their produce as private buyers will factor in the burden imposed by new taxes.

‘No suicide-hit family compensated’

The former deputy CM claimed ‘kurki’ was still very much in place in the state because the government had not amended the relevant clause in the Revenue Act.

“More than 200 farmers have committed suicide in the last six months and no family has been given the promised Rs 10 lakh compensation or government job,” he said.

Targeting the Congress on another poll promise of “ghar ghar naukari”, Sukhbir said the government has failed to give a single job to the youth except one deputy superintendent of police (DSP)’s job to “an overaged youth who happens to be the grandson of former CM Beant Singh”.

First Published: Sep 08, 2017 20:54 IST