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    Harsimrat Badal issued message in favor of 'pro-farmer ordinances', days before resigning in protest

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    “Amarinder Singh is lying and doing drama. He himself brought an Act in 2017 but when the Centre implements the same things, he calls a special session to spread rumours and says that Tomar’s written assurances had no value,” Badal said, adding that the CM was targeting the Centre on the laws to deflect attention from his failures.

    New Delhi: Just ten days before she resigned as a Cabinet minister in protest against the agriculture bills, Harsimrat Badal had issued a video message in favour of what she termed the “pro-farmer ordinances” of the Centre and said that no other state was seeing protests over these ordinances. The Congress had left no stone unturned to mislead the farmers in Punjab, she said.

    The new Congress in-charge of Punjab, Harish Rawat cited these videos of Badal, which are available on her Facebook page, to question her hypocrisy.

    “Our opposition parties have left no stone unturned to mislead farmers and sow seeds of doubt in their minds. In the entire country and not even in neighbouring Haryana has any farmer union raised a protest. In Punjab, the Congress and their B-team of AAP, have misled the farmers,” Badal said in an eight-minute video message on September 7. Referring to a video message issued by SAD supremo Prakash Singh Badal days earlier, she said: “He has also told you about these pro-farmer ordinances and asked farmers to not be misled by our opponents.”

    She went on to speak about the letter issued by Union Agriculture Minister NS Tomar to SAD president Sukhbir Badal saying “the letter has said in writing that MSP will continue and so will public procurement through mandis”. She elaborated that the Centre had paid Rs 29,000 crore to Punjab’s farmers after procuring grain and preparations were on for public procurement of the upcoming crop too.

    “Amarinder Singh is lying and doing drama. He himself brought an Act in 2017 but when the Centre implements the same things, he calls a special session to spread rumours and says that Tomar’s written assurances had no value,” Badal said, adding that the CM was targeting the Centre on the laws to deflect attention from his failures.

    Former CM Prakash Singh Badal’s 10-minute video message on September 3 also features on Harsimrat and SAD’s official Facebook pages. “I am pained that politics today is such that it exploits people, like by CM Amarinder Singh. These ordinances that have been issued in Delhi…the Union Agriculture Minister has issued a letter that MSP will never be stopped. Narendra Modi is also of the view that MSP must remain to keep agriculture alive and that all crops should be purchased at MSP,” Prakash Singh Badal said in his message. He said he wanted to assure farmers that other parties were running a “propaganda” in Punjab. Ends


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    6 Comments on this Story

    Arvind Aggarwal59 days ago
    Opposition parties playing dirty game. Always opposing the Govt's reforms, which are must for a better future of all. Shame on these selfish leaders.
    Shivaji 60 days ago
    time to go to to mars
    sandeepan pahari60 days ago
    The first step our country should take is to abolish these thousands of regional parties. They are the root cause of corruption and horse trading. We should move towards a 2 party system where public cannot be distracted by multiple parties and multiple symbols
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