Sunny Deol hails Bills, invites flak from Oppn - ECAS Punjab

Sunny Deol hails Bills, invites flak from Oppn

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Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, September 21

Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol's tweet hailing the ordinances has invited the wrath of both the Opposition and farm leaders, with many feeling he should have refrained from making any statement that affected the protesting farmers adversely.

All nine Assembly seats that comprise the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat are sugarcane and Basmati-rich areas. Punjab has three BJP legislators and three parliamentarians in Som Parkash (Hoshiarpur), Sunny Deol (Gurdaspur) and Shwait Malik (Rajya Sabha). All of them, barring Deol, have been maintaining a stoic silence, fearing reprisals on what is considered to be a highly emotive issue.

The MP had praised the Modi government's initiative in his tweet. The moment the tweet went viral, the Opposition was quick to corner him by launching an onslaught.

Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said: "He (Deol) is a political novice, is out of touch with reality and knows nothing about farming. Does he even know that Punjab will be losing revenue as it will not be able to collect 'mandi fees' if produce is sold outside registered grain markets?"

Satbir Singh Sultani, general secretary, Kirti Kisan Union, which has a substantial base in this parliamentary constituency, said, "In the run up to the polls he repeatedly reminded everybody that he was a farmer's son but now he has ditched us."



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