SAD poses five questions to Rahul Gandhi on farmer Bills - ECAS Punjab

SAD poses five questions to Rahul Gandhi on farmer Bills

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Sukhmeet Bhasin
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 4

On the day former All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi starts his three-day tour of the state against the three farmer related Bills passed by the Union government, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal has installed hoardings at various points posing five questions to Rahul Gandhi over these Bills in Bathinda district.

These hoardings have been installed by the Youth Akali Dal, Bathinda urban and rural.

Sukhbir Singh Badal's five questions to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi are: Did your party's 2017 election manifesto in Punjab say that you will open private 'mandis' and give permission for e-trading the contract farming which is in force now?

If so, why haven't you repealed the amended APMC Act in Punjab till now?

Did you in your 2019 election manifesto state that you will abolish the APMC Act altogether and make agri-trade free from all restrictions?

Why did you choose to leave the country one day before the Agri Bills were to be taken up in Parliament and come back the day they became Acts?

Also why didn't you issue a whip to your MPs to vote against the Bills and field senior leaders to oppose them?"

In support of farmers against the farm related Bills, Rahul Gandhi is holding tractor rallies in the state which will cover more than 50 km, starting from Moga to Patiala in the Malwa region of the state over three days till October 6.

On the first day today, Rahul will cover 22 km after a rally at Badni Kalan in Nihal Singh Wala in Moga district, he will head to Jagroan in Ludhiana district, where he will culminate at Raikot.

On the second day on October 5, he will cover 20 km, starting from Barnala chowk and he will address a public meeting at Bhawanigarh in Sangrur district. Later, he will head to Samana in Patiala district.

On the third and last day, Rahul will commence from Dudhan Sadhan in the Patiala district and head to Haryana from Pehowa border.

The Congress party is protesting against three farm laws—The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Service Act, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 -- passed by the Parliament during the monsoon session.

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