Sukhbir spreading lies, govt chose best option: Capt Amarinder Singh - ECAS Punjab

Sukhbir spreading lies, govt chose best option: Capt Amarinder Singh

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23

Lashing out at SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal for "spreading lies aimed at promoting Centre's anti-farmer agenda", Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said the state government had, after taking legal and expert opinion, chosen the best method (the farm Bills) to protect the farmers' interest.

Reacting to the SAD's allegation that the he did not give copies of the Bills for perusal before these were passed by the Assembly, the CM said it was not possible to do so, given the legal apparatus at the SAD's disposal.

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Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister

'SAD colluding with BJP'

The SAD's rejection of the Bills shows its collusion with the BJP. It suggests that Harsimrat's resignation from the Union Cabinet and the SAD's withdrawal from the NDA were nothing but a farce.

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He took a jibe at Sukhbir's claim that his party MLAs voted for the Bills without properly going through these, saying "this might explain why the Akalis have been stamping their approval on all kinds of anti-people, anti-India and anti-Punjab legislations of the Union Government over the past six years".

Lashing out at the SAD for the U-trun on the Bills, the CM said: "First you wholeheartedly supported the Centre's farm ordinances, then quit the NDA calling their Bills anti-farmer, indulged in a political drama through protest rallies and yatras for farmers and then openly voted for the state government's amendment Bills. You are now rejecting the same," Capt Amarinder said.

He said what was important was not declaring the state as principal market area but to protect the MSP and ensure that the state retained control with no punitive action, which were the main concerns of the farmers. The government had chosen the best method to do so, but the Akalis seemed stuck on a particular methodology, irrespective of whether it would work or not, he added. If the entire state was sought to be converted into a principal market area (as demanded by the SAD), such approach would not have been free from the requirement of Presidential consent, he added.



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