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State BJP to launch awareness drive on Bills

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21

Adopting an aggressive approach on farm legislations despite massive protests by farmers and troubled ties with the alliance partner, Shiromani Akali Dal, the Punjab BJP has decided not to be a mute spectator to the events.

In a meeting with the party's Kisan Morcha leaders today, it passed a "gratitude resolution" in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing the legislations and began an education mission to counter the propaganda against the new legislations.

"We have passed a gratitude resolution for the PM to bring the new Acts which will revolutionise farming and make farmer life better," said Tarun Chugh, national secretary and member of Punjab BJP core Committee.

Interestingly, the BJP's meeting today and the core committee meetings held on Sunday did not condemn the Akalis from walking out of the NDA government led by the BJP. Sources said the core committee meeting discussed the political situation and preferred to wait and watch the next move of the Akalis. BJP state president Ashwani Sharma has already stated that the party wanted the alliance with the Akalis to continue.

There are reports that the arhtiyas, especially in the Malwa area of Punjab who were the major vote bank of the BJP have put up posters banning the party in protest against the new Acts. The state BJP leaders are confident at the upcoming Kharif and Rabi crop season will clear the misgivings.

A party spokesperson said it was also decided to reach out to villages to launch an education mission on how beneficial the new legislations for farmers would be.

"The party cadre will spread out and convince the farmers to give the new system a chance before rejecting it. The old system has only resulted in farm debts, suicides and poverty. At least, we should give the new system a try. After all, the BJP central leadership deliberated for years with experts and farmer leaders before bringing out the new Acts," said Chugh.

from The Tribune

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