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CM Punjab: Nothing common in Congress manifesto, Bills

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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 19

CM Capt Amarinder Singh today asked the Akalis to stop "lying and misleading" the people of the state by comparing portions of the Congress manifestos with the anti-farmer Bills.

Instead of flashing the copies of the manifestos, the SAD and AAP should have made the effort to read the relevant parts first, said the Chief Minister, while slamming the Opposition over their "unsubstantiated and blatantly false allegations" against the Congress on the issue.

Referring to Congress manifestos for the Lok Sabha and the last Assembly elections, Captain Amarinder said nowhere had the party spoken about bringing any of the changes that the Centre was trying to impose on the nation with its legislations.

In fact, the manifestos had clearly talked about strengthening the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) system to make it even more beneficial to the farmers, the CM said.

The state Congress manifesto of 2017 had stated that the APMC Act should be updated to ensure a direct access to farmers to the national and international markets through digital technology without tinkering with the existing MSP system, while the LS manifesto spoke about strengthening the marketing system by repealing the existing Act and bringing in new provisions that would provide for establishment of thousands of kisan markets to allow easy access to farmers within two-three kilometre range.

Captain Amarinder said the Punjab Congress manifesto had promised that the "state government will ensure lifting of foodgrain within 48 hours and payment by procurement agencies within three days."

from The Tribune

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