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Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll: Jakhar slams Sukhbir for criticising debt waiver scheme

Vows to take up the ₹32,000-cr food grain scam, bring back the amount to state

punjab Updated: Sep 28, 2017 13:27 IST
The Congress candidate for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-poll further ridiculed Sukhbir for holding a ‘Jabr Virodhi’ rally in Gurdaspur on Wednesday especially after destroying the state law and order.
The Congress candidate for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-poll further ridiculed Sukhbir for holding a ‘Jabr Virodhi’ rally in Gurdaspur on Wednesday especially after destroying the state law and order.(HT Photo)

Launching a tirade against former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal for allegedly unleashing mafia rule in the state, Punjab Congress president and Gurdaspur nominee Sunil Jakhar on Wednesday said, “With his Sukhvillas renting out rooms for ₹5 lakh a night, the Akali leader naturally found ₹2 lakh loan waiver inadequate for famers.”

During a rally at Varsola village here, Jakhar lashed out at Sukhbir for criticising the farm loan waiver as too less. He said if the Akalis left money in the exchequer, the Congress government would have done more for the farmers.

The Congress candidate for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-poll further ridiculed Sukhbir for holding a ‘Jabr Virodhi’ rally in Gurdaspur on Wednesday especially after destroying the state law and order.

Despite their best efforts to put up a united front, there are fissures between SAD and BJP, neither of which understands the pulse of the people, said Jakhar.

The absence of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal from Sukhbir’s rally shows that the latter has taken control of SAD, Jakhar said.

The Congress government has transformed things for the better within six months, said Jakhar, pointing out the farm loan waiver and abolition of truck unions, as achievements of the current regime.

Besides revival of Punjab Roadways and increase in the Gurdaspur sugar mill capacity, Jakhar promised that he will fight with the Centre for change in policy enabling industrial development and employment generation in state. He said that the central government failed to release (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee) MNREGA Act wages for the past six months.

Jakhar vowed to take up the ₹32,000 crore food grain scam issue and bring every paisa of the state money. Pointing out that the central government had taken ₹1 lakh crore loan from Japan at 0.1% interest while charging 8.5% interest on loan from Punjab, Jakhar said “Aarhitya ta BJP government bani baithi hai (The BJP government has become the biggest arthiyas for farmers).”