SAD announces statewide 3-hr ‘chakka jam’ on Sept 25 - ECAS Punjab

SAD announces statewide 3-hr ‘chakka jam’ on Sept 25

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal today asked Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to hold a special Assembly session immediately to revoke the amended State Agriculture Produce Markets Committee (APMC) Act of 2017, even as the party announced a 'sangharsh' programme to get the farm Bills reversed, including a three-hour statewide 'chakka jam' on September 25.

In a statement here, the SAD president said the Chief Minister should explain to the farmers and 'khet mazdoor' of Punjab why he was refusing to rescind the State APMC Act, 2017, which he has implemented in his own state as CM.

'Stop shedding crocodile tears'

The Chief Minister should not deceive farmers by shedding crocodile tears when he is the author of a similar anti-farmer legislation in Punjab, and he continues to stand by it. Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD president

He also asked Capt Amarinder if he could show the moral courage to disassociate himself from the Congress manifesto of 2019 which called for removing the APMC Act all together. He asked the Chief Minister to apologise to the farming community for encouraging corporatisation of the farm sector by accepting the Montek Singh Ahluwalia committee report which called for reducing procurement of foodgrain. He asked the Chief Minister to scrap the committee and reject its report which he termed as a 'death warrant' for Punjab farmers.

A group of five AAP rebel MLAs led by Sukhpal Khaira has also made a similar demand to the CM to convene a special session of the Vidhan Sabha to rescind the "anti-farmer" laws as agriculture marketing is a state subject.

Meanwhile, as part of its 'sangharsh' programme, the SAD plans to hold a simultaneous 'kisan march' from all three Sikh religious 'Takhts' to Mohali on October 1 to hand over a memorandum to the President through Governor of Punjab. While the SAD chief would lead the march from Damdama Sahib, former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal would lead the march from Akal Takht Sahib.

from The Tribune

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