The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to tell farmers of Punjab why he had supported the abolition of the APMC Act and why he had not protested against the three anti-farmer Agricultural Bills when they were tabled in parliament for ratification.
In a statement here, party Spokesman Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said the Punjab Congress after failing on all fronts and even betraying farmers by amending the State APMC Act in 2017 was now trying to win the sympathy of farmers by indulging in cheap publicity stunts.
“Getting Rahul Gandhi astride on a tractor in Punjab is nothing but a photo op designed to befool farmers. The Congress has always adopted an anti-farmer stance be it the party’s 2019 election manifesto calling for abolition of the APMC Act or the amendment of the State APMC Act in Punjab in 2017 which includes all the provisions contained in the Agricultural Acts passed recently”.
The SAD leader said before coming to Punjab Rahul Gandhi should come clean and tell the farmers of Punjab as to where he was when the Agricultural Bills were tabled in parliament. He said Rahul should also explain why no top leader of the Congress party spoke against the Bills in parliament and why the party did not even issue a whip to ensure all its MPs voted against the Bills.
Stating that both Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party should not play a double game and try to deceive the farming community, Dr Cheema said Rahul should tell farmers why the Congress party had not withdrawn support to the Udhav Thakeray led Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra after the latter voted in favour of the Agricultural Bills in parliament. He said Rahul should also tell farmers why his party was sticking to an alliance after the Shiv Sena had adopted an anti-farmer stance. EOM