Why is Rahul Gandhi silent on farmers’ plight in Punjab: Vijay Sampla
Rahul, who had recently visited Madhya Pradesh to meet the agitating farmers after six of them were killed in police firing, was on a brief “personal visit” to Amritsar on Saturday.Updated: Jun 10, 2017 18:17 IST
Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Vijay Sampla, on Saturday questioned Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his silence on the plight of farmers in the state.
Rahul, who had recently visited Madhya Pradesh to meet the agitating farmers after six of them were killed in police firing, was on a brief “personal visit” to Amritsar on Saturday.
“Why have you turned a blind eye to farmers of Punjab while you are supporting their cause in Madhya Pradesh?” said Sampla in a press release. “In nearly three months of Captain Amarinder Singh’s tenure as Punjab chief minister, 73 farmers have committed suicide and dozens of Dalits have been attacked brutally. Your silence seems politically motivated.”
Sampla, who is also the Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment, alleged “Punjab Congress ‘goondas’ are killing Dalits, forcibly taking control of lands allotted to them, beating them mercilessly, parading them naked, trying to burn them alive, outraging the modesty of Dalit women”, but “Rahul cannot see that”.
The Punjab BJP chief said he hoped the Congress vice-president would also visit and support Punjab farmers and order Amarinder Singh to waive their loan, which he promised before polls. “Rahul ji don’t have two different yardsticks to treat single problem,” said the BJP leader.
First Published: Jun 10, 2017 18:16 IST