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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday termed the Akalis' decision to hold a statewide 'chakka jam' on September 25, the day when Punjab's farmers had already announced a bandh against the farm Bills, as yet another attempt to exploit the sentiments of the farmers, and perhaps even to sabotage the farmers' fight at the 'behest' of their allies in the Central Government.

"Why don't you go to Delhi and do a chakka jam outside the homes of BJP leaders and others who have shamelessly sold off the interests of Punjab's farmers to the big corporate houses for their own petty interests?" the Chief Minister said, daring the SAD to quit the Central Government if it really cared for the farmers.

'SAD supporting Centre's agenda'

The Centre is clearly out to ruin Punjab, and the Akalis have been actively supporting this agenda with all their might. Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister

"What are these double standards? Why did your core committee today not take a decision on quitting the BJP-led NDA coalition?" he asked Sukhbir.

Questioning the SAD announcement of holding 'chakka jam' across Punjab "in league with the farmers, khet mazdoors and arhtiyas", the Chief Minister claimed there was some mala fide intent behind the Akalis' decision to jump at this juncture into the farmers' pre-planned agitation. He said the farmers wouldn't be fooled by these antics.

"The games that the SAD, led by the Badals, have been playing with the farmers for the past several months, beginning with the introduction of the vicious ordinances, have totally exposed their double standards on this issue of critical importance," said Captain Amarinder.

Meanwhile, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Sunil Jakhar said the Congress stood firmly behind them in the most difficult moment in the history of the Indian agriculture. Punjab Congress MPs and leaders are camping in Delhi, fighting the Centre's despotic attempts to stifle their voices and bravely facing the brute force of the BJP-controlled Delhi Police, he said, asserting that the party would not succumb to these high-handed measures and would not relent.

from The Tribune

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