Eye on polls, Cong braces for long battle on farm laws - ECAS Punjab

Eye on polls, Cong braces for long battle on farm laws

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Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30

As the BJP has accused the Congress government of weaving its political narrative against the Central farm laws, the party's state leadership has fanned out in the field bracing itself for a long battle to keep the farmers in its saddle in the run up to the 2022 Assembly elections.

It is a double whammy for the Congress as the Opposition has accused the party of playing a friendly match with the BJP by bringing in amendments that mean little for farmers. However, on the other hand Congress leaders accused the saffron party of using pressure tactics by summoning Raninder Singh, son of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, by the Enforcement Directorate and causing economic disruptions by stopping goods trains and withholding the Rural Development Fund (RDF).

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Sunil Jakhar, PPCC chief

Take stir to delhi

By not taking their agitation to Delhi, union leaders are only helping the BJP govt in furthering its propaganda against the farmers and painting Punjab as a belligerent state.

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In the mayhem, the main issue of farmers has been put on a back burner as politics has taken the centre stage.

The Congress leadership that has been supporting farmers agitation on the issue of assured procurement and getting the MSP is now at its wits' end in failing to convince farmer unions in lifting their blockades on rail tracks so that coal rakes reach thermal plants for producing electricity as it is crippling the state economy with little impact on the Centre. The leadership is worried about the shortage of various resources due to the economic disruption as it is bound to affect the day-to-day life of the common man.

Sunil Jakhar, PPCC chief, said farmer leaders should see through the "evil designs" of the BJP to keep the focus away from it by continuing the agitation in Punjab. "By not taking their agitation to Delhi, the farmer leaders are only helping the BJP Government in furthering their propaganda against the farmers and painting Punjab as a belligerent state. By continuing dharnas in Punjab, the BJP is trying to create a rift between farmers and traders by triggering economic disruptions," he said.

Contrary to SAD allegations of playing a friendly match with the BJP, Jakhar accused the Akalis of shying away from taking on Modi on farmers' issues saying it had a "tactical understanding" with the saffron party.

Within the Congress, former Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, while supporting the party's stand on farmers' issue, has sought that the state government should announce MSP for various crops.

Political analysts feel that the BJP was trying to pay the Congress in its own coin by creating a situation that the issue become albatross around its own neck. To counter the BJP, the Congress has decided to take its fight to the national capital. The Chief Minister has directed party MPs to aggressively peruse with BJPs ministers the issues of stopping of good trains, holding of the RDF and pending dues under the GST. The Chief Minister has urged all MLAs to accompany him to meet the President on November 4.



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