Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) asked Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to tell Punjabis if he had requisitioned Congress President Sonia Gandhi to change the party’s policy and become a votary for federalism before making any statement questioning the SAD’s credentials on this issue.
Senior SAD leaders Balwinder Singh Bhundur and Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra said that it was astounding that those who had attacked Sri Harmandar Sahib and had muzzled the voice of the people during Emergency besides calling Sikhs terrorists when they espoused the Anandpur Sahib resolution were trying to corner the SAD on this issue.
“The SAD remains committed to the core principles of federalism and will continue to safeguard the interests of Punjab and Punjabis and we don’t need any lessons from the Congress party and chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on this subject”, the leaders asserted.
Balwinder Bhundur and Prof Chandumajra also said that the Congress government knew that MSP was not being withdrawn but was deliberately trying to mislead farmers on this issue to divert attention from the liquor, seed and ration scams besides the plethora of promises which remained unfulfilled.
The leaders said that both the SAD leadership as well as the centre had made it clear that MSP and assured procurement would continue but the Congress party continued to spread lies on this matter. ‘As far as the SAD is concerned, we are clear. No sacrifice is less to ensure MSP and assured procurement of paddy and wheat continue in the future also”.