Chandigarh, October 5, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal today said waiting for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to become Prime Minister to repeal the Agri Acts as suggested by chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh amounted to waiting till eternity.
“Putting any such condition amounts to shifting the goal post and playing a friendly match to ensure implementation of the Agri Acts in Punjab”, the SAD President said in a press statement today.
Asserting that the chief minister was hunting with the hounds and running with the hare, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal said like earlier also the former did not take any action to avert implementation of the Agri Bills despite knowing about them one year in advance.
“The statement that Punjabis will now have to wait for Rahul Gandhi to become Prime Minister to repeal the Agri Acts is unacceptable as everyone knows this might never happen”.
Telling the chief minister not to sell of the interests of Punjabis to corporates, the SAD President said “it is better you call a special session of the State assembly to repeal the amendments made by you in the APMC Act in 2017 as well as bring in new legislation to make the entire State a single ‘Mandi’.
The very fact that you are running away from doing this and indulging in skulduggery with farmers by stating that they will now have to wait for Rahul Gandhi to become Prime Minister before the Agri Acts will be repealed indicates that you have no intention of revoking the Acts”.
Mr Badal also announced that the SAD was committed to repealing the Agri Acts and would do so once its government was formed in the State. He said in the meantime the party would explore all avenues to get the Agri Acts repealed.
The SAD President also asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi why he was running away from answering the five questions posed to him. He said he had asked Rahul to answer these questions on the eve of his sham yatra to Punjab but he had failed to do so even on the second day of the yatra.
He said try as he might but Rahul could not run away from answering these questions as they were also the queries of Punjabis. “The farmers and khet mazdoor of the State want to know why Rahul Gandhi supported the Congress government and allowed it to amend the APMC Act in 2017 whereby private mandis as well as e trading the contract farming was sanctioned in the State”.
He said similarly they wanted to know why Rahul had supported the abolition of the ‘Mandikaran’ (government procurement system) in 2019. Mr Badal said Rahul had also raised suspicions about his intentions by leaving the country one day prior to the introduction of the Bills in parliament and coming back on the same day they were passed besides refusing to pass a whip to direct Congress mps to oppose the Bill in parliament.