Chandigarh, September 17, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today asked chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh to issue a white paper on his as well as the Congress government’s participation which led to the framing of the three central agricultural ordinances, saying the chief minister had betrayed the farmers of Punjab by supporting various provisions contained in the ordinances.
The SAD emphasized the Congress party should burn its manifestos in Delhi instead of indulging in cheap drama as it was the Congress party which had promised in its national manifesto in 2019 that it would repeal the APMC Act and allow free inter-State trade without any restrictions.
Talking to newsmen here, former minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said it was shocking that the chief minister was now uttering blatant lies to hide his involvement in supporting the ordinances.
He said not only was the chief minister a member of the high-powered committee which framed the ordinances but finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal also attended a meeting of the committee in Mumbai.
Dr Cheema said this was not all. The Congress government also sent a six page note to the centre which formed its reaction to the discussion on the ordinances.
He said now that it had been proved beyond doubt that the Congress government had actively participated in the framing of the ordinances, the State government must issue a white paper detailing all the meetings, ministers and officers who had participated in the same and minutes of meetings. “All this is necessary to make it clear to the people as to who betrayed them”, he added.
The SAD leader said the Congress government’s response highlighted the need of market reforms and said freeing the agriculture market was the only way farmers could get higher prices for their agricultural produce. He said the response also stated that market reforms would promote private investment.
“It also admits that the draft resolution suggested scrapping of the Essential Commodities Act which has now been amended”. He said when the Congress government had admitted all this and more in its correspondence with the centre, it should not try to befool the people by lying on this issue.
Speaking about a statement made by minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on contract farming, Dr Cheema said the Congressman had talked about a contract farming Act brought in by the SAD-BJP government in 2013 but had refused to specify if he had opposed it then or not.
He said Randhawa had also refused to tell if the Act had been beneficial to farmers or not by presenting the relevant data. Asking Randhawa not to play such cheap politics, Dr Cheema said if the Congress government felt the Act was not beneficial to farmers it should have revoked it by now.