Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday said that his party will never compromise on the issue of Minimum Support Price and Assured Marketing for farmers’ produce, especially for paddy and wheat.
Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday “lied in broad daylight on the issue of the APMC.”
The former Deputy CM said that “Let there be no confusion on this. SAD will never tolerate any deviation from the principle of assured marketing and Minimum Support Price. We have already ensured that there are no compromises on these issues in the Act.”
“Federalism and interests of the Panth, Punjab and the farmers form the four pillars on which the edifice of the Shiromani Akali Dal stands and there will never be any compromise on any one of these. No sacrifice is too high for us for protecting these pillars through peaceful democratic ways. Nothing is dearer to us than our principles on these issues,” said Badal.
While addressing the media persons at the party headquarters, he added that farmers form the backbone of Punjab and of the Shiromani Akali Dal.
Sukhbir Badal added that the party has already ensured that the new APMC Act provides adequate, inbuilt and foolproof guarantees for the continuation of the MSP and assured marketing regime on a long term basis.