Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 15
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) requested Punjab Congress chief Navjot Sidhu why he didn’t object to the 2013 laws on contract farming when he was nonetheless a minister within the present Congress institution.
Countering Sidhu’s allegations that the Akalis’ contract farming act of the 2013 shaped the premise of the Centre’s controversial agriculture regulation on contract farming, SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema requested in a press launch why he’d by no means objected to the regulation when his government was voted to energy in 2017, and continued to stay silent even after he’d resigned from the government.
“It is barely now with elections months away that you’re taking on this problem to cowl up your failures,” Cheema mentioned.
Sidhu calls SAD ‘most important architects of farm laws’
Sidhu’s remarks, mentioned Cheema, confirmed he was eager to “play a recreation of one-upmanship with chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and has no intention of doing something to guarantee repeal of the three agriculture acts”.
“Capt Amarinder Singh wakened and realised the harm the three black laws have been doing to Punjab two days again, practically one yr after they have been handed by parliament. Now Sidhu has additionally woken up from his slumber and needs to venture himself as a sympathiser of the Kisan trigger though he has completed nothing to assist this trigger because the final one yr,” Cheema mentioned.
He additionally reminded Sidhu that his spouse, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, was chief parliamentary secretary below the SAD-BJP government when the laws on contract farming was first proposed.
Both Sidhu and his spouse have been beforehand members of the Bharatiya Janata Party— Navjot Kaur Sidhu even turned a BJP legislator within the Punjab Assembly Elections of 2012, which introduced again the SAD-BJP government to energy. Both resigned from the occasion in 2016 and converted to the Congress when their relationship with the saffron occasion soured.
Cheema requested Sidhu why he was silent over the controversial APMC act amendments that his personal Congress government had led to in 2017, which he claimed had provisions comparable to some within the Centre’s controversial agriculture laws.
“The amendments enable for the creation of personal mandis, direct buy from farmers, a uniform licensing system and institution of an e-trading platform. You are but to elevate your voice towards this whilst you take pleasure in empty theatrics and mischievous allegations,” he mentioned, and
He additionally needed to know why he was silent over the Congress occasion’s 2019 General Election promise to abolish APMC mandis in addition to eliminate the Essential Commodities Act.
“This was contained within the Congress occasion’s election manifesto additionally in 2019 nonetheless Sidhu has by no means spoken out towards this anti-farmer stand. This solely goes on to present his true colors moreover proving how subservient he’s to the Gandhi household,” he requested.
He recommended Sidhu ought to lead an all-party delegation to maintain a gathering with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demand that the Centre eliminate the controversial agriculture laws.
“It is initiatives like these which may take farmers out of the crutches of corporates. Not misguided potshots with out which means or sense. Take be aware and proper your self within the curiosity of the ‘annadaata’,” Cheema mentioned.