The latest campaign which is more of a political gimmick named “Pagdi Sambhal Kisana” launched by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, President Capt Amarinder Singh seems a farce in view of past track record of Congress Party at the Centre and in Punjab.
Capt Amarinder Singh has said that he had launched the special campaign in Punjab from February 11, “Pagdi Sambhal Kisana”, to help the farmers in distress. The campaign has been organised by the Jat Maha Sabha and Capt Amarinder is its National President. High incidence of farmer suicide cases in Punjab was on the top of agenda in the rally. Amarinder asked the Centre to waive farmers’ debt on the lines of the government’s plan of scrapping bad debts of the corporate sector worth Rs 1.14 lakh crore. “Why a similar relief can’t be provided to the farmers whose loans are far less and who are not wilful defaulters either,” he asked.
Ironically the debt burden on farmers had gone up the most during the regime of Capt Amarinder Singh as Chief Minister of Punjab. He himself admitted that Punjab had the highest level of rural indebtedness in the country and the state needed a financial package to rescue the farmers from distress.
Amarinder owes an answer
Amarinder Singh owes an explanation to people of Punjab as to why is raising this issue now because when in power he did nothing to help out the farmers in distress. Is the former Chief Minister not shedding crocodile tears to mislead the miserable farmers”. It is likely adding insult to injury.
Capt. Amarinder Singh has no moral authority to issue such statements.
He asked Capt Amarinder Singh that why he remained silent at a time when the previous Congress led UPA government highly discriminated with the poor farmers of the Punjab when a debt waiver package of 70 thousand crores was announced in the country. Hardly one percent of the farmers of Punjab were covered in that package ignoring the gross reality that Punjab contributes to more than 50 percent of food requirements of the Nation.
Amarinder Singh’s wife Preneet Kaur was also a minister in that particular government. ‘Did he kept quite simply because his family was rewarded with a Ministerial birth?’. Not only that when when Capt. Amarinder Singh got an opportunity to lead the state as Chief Minister instead of rewarding the farmers with some additional benefits, he preferred to snatch the free power facility provided by the SAD-BJP government led by Parkash Singh Badal to the farmers of the state. This exposed his real face at the time of his being in power which showed that he is highly anti farmer and anti poor. Amarinder Singh also opposed an amendment in the SGPC Act.
Public memory not that short
‘With this the cat has come out of bag’. It has become clear now that the Congress party was instrumental in stalling the elected house of SGPC from performing its constitutional duty. The people of the state still remember all the blunders committed by him and all the conspiracies hatched by him to weaken the SGPC. This is high time Capt Amarinder Singh refrains from misleading people by his meaningless statements.