Bathinda, February 15: Farmers on Tuesday staged a protest against the visit of BJP national president JP Nadda to Maur to address a public meeting in favour of BJP candidate Dyal Sodhi ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections 2022.
Holding black flags, the protesters raised slogans against the BJP leader. BKU (Sidhupur) leaders blocked the road from Maur to Mansa while BKU (Urgrahan) activist blocked Maur to Mansa road at Maur Kanchian chowk.
The protesters said the BJP-led Union Government had been running away from the assurance on MSP committee and cancelling cases registered against farmers during the agitation against the three farm laws.
On the other hand, JP Nadda, while addressing a public rally, said, "There are many people who do politics in the name of farmers, but I can confidently say that what Prime Minister Narendra Modi did for the welfare of farmers was never done by anyone else."
He said, "Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) didn't have approval for the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. People across the world wanted to offer prayers here & make a donation. But that donation wasn't regulated under foreign contribution. PM Modi gave it approval for foreign contribution."
Lashing out at the Congress, he said, "When people of the Congress come here, ask them that when the 1984 riots broke out & Sikh brothers were killed what did Congress leaders do?
The BJP president said their party was committed to the development of the poor, deprived, downtrodden, exploited and oppressed.
JP Nadda said under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, money was transferred to the accounts of 10.50 crore farmers. In Punjab, about Rs 24,000 crore was transferred to the accounts of 23 lakh farmers.
On the Sikh riots, JP Nadda said when members of the Sikh community were killed, the Congress had said "the earth shakes when a big tree falls". However, Prime Minister Nareandra Modi formed an SIT and sent the culprits to jail.
Notably, the Punjab Assembly elections are scheduled for February 20 and the result will be declared on March 10.