Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Sunday asked chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, to stop indulging in diversionary tactics and explain his failures to the people instead of mouthing lies on the central Agricultural ordinances despite knowing they had nothing to do with MSP (minimum support price).
Former minister Daljit Singh Cheema requested the chief minister to shun politics on the central Agricultural ordinances in the interest of Punjabis.
“Punjabis want answers to the Rs 5,600 crore excise revenue losses. They want to know what you have done to recoup the losses which were pointed out by your own colleagues. Why no action has been taken against Congress leaders and distillery owners who are accused of bottling illicit liquor and denying excise duty to the State?”
He said that Punjabis also wanted to know why illegal mining of sand was continuing unabated in the State. “Why the State government was facilitating the sand mafia by reducing their lease fee and even allowing them to mine sand where clearances had not been given till now”.
He said that even in the case of central ration received by the State, the Congress government had turned a blind eye to the diversion of ration to houses of its leaders. He said in the process the ration had been denied to the deserving.
He also said that there were other issues plaguing the State including denial of dues to sugarcane growers and huge power bills thrust on the common man but the chief minister seemed oblivious of these issues and was bent on building a false narrative to cover his failures.
While asking the chief minister to tell farmers and Kisan Unions the whole truth, Daljit Cheema said that “isn’t it a fact that you amended the State APMC Act in 2017 to include all the provisions contained in the Farmers Produce and Trade ordinance like allowing the creation of private yards, direct marketing, and e-trading?”
He further said that the State did not only amend its APMC act but also participated in the consultation process on the Agricultural ordinances. “Now after doing all this, the chief minister is misleading farmers and Kisan Unions in league with AAP for petty political gains”.