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Hold special assembly session on farm crisis, telecast it live: AAP to Punjab govt

Khaira said they will also demand a one-time settlement of farmers’ debt. Speaking about farmers’ suicides, he attacked CM Captain Amarinder Singh for “taking people for a ride with his lofty promises”.

punjab Updated: Jul 27, 2017 20:06 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Mansa
Punjab,Aam Aadmi Party,leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA and the leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira.(HT Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA and leader of opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira has demanded a special assembly session to discuss the issues related to farm crisis in Punjab.

AAP MP and state unit chief Bhagwant Mann and Khaira addressed party workers in Mansa on Thursday. “I am writing to the chief minister, asking him to call for a special assembly session in order to address the farm crisis prevailing in the state,” Khaira said. “We want a three-day televised session of the assembly wherein we would like to discuss the issues like farm crisis, suicides, agricultural indebtedness that has wrecked the state’s economy,” he said. “Every MLA must be allowed to speak over the issue during that session. The CM should declare an agrarian emergency in Punjab.”

Khaira said they will also demand a one-time settlement of farmers’ debt. Speaking about farmers’ suicides, he attacked CM Captain Amarinder Singh for “taking people for a ride with his lofty promises”.

“Farmers have mentioned Captain Amarinder Singh in their suicide notes,” he claimed, “The government first raised hopes but has done nothing to resolve the issue.”

DIG AT SAD ‘LEHAR’

Earlier, speaking in Patiala, Khaira took a dig at Shiromani Akali Dal’s move of launching a ‘zabar virodhi lehar’ (drive against injustice) against the ruling party for allegedly registering false cases against party workers. He said former CM Parkash Singh Badal and his former deputy SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal “should rather apologise at the Akal Takht (Sikh temporal seat) for atrocities they committed on people during their decade-long tenures”.

“These are only political stunts by the SAD. They should actually be held responsible for ruining Punjab in the name of development,” he said, adding that he sees the Congress regime as “nothing more than an extension of the Akali government”.

He also demanded that the state government properly implement the ban on auction of land of farmers for loan default (kurki), besides restricting public banks from recovering loans.

‘Need no outsiders’

In Mansa, Bhagwant Mann, when asked about restructuring in the AAP state unit, said, “We don’t need the previous model wherein people from Delhi were appointed as observers and in-charges. The state unit is self-reliant and we can manage on our own.

Meanwhile, he also criticised Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for not giving proper details about Punjabis missing in war-torn Iraq.

First Published: Jul 27, 2017 17:11 IST