AS HE rolled out the Aam Aadmi Party’s ‘farmers’ manifesto’ ahead of the Punjab elections, Delhi Chief Minister and party’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal Sunday promised to set up a high-level inquiry committee against four SAD ministers “for allegedly driving farmers to commit suicide”. Kejriwal also said the four ministers — Agriculture Minister Tota Singh, Food and Supplies Minister Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia and Rural Minister Sikander Singh Maluka — will be sent to jail along with Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal if AAP wrested power in 2017.
At Baghapurana Dana Mandi in Moga, Kejriwal, in his most scathing attack ever on the Akalis, alleged: “Tota Singh killed farmers with his spurious sprays and chemicals. Kairon embezzled farmers’ foodgrain worth Rs 12,000 crore and Majithia ate away the youth of Punjab with his drug business. AAP will open inquiry against each one of them and they will be in jail. Sukhbir Singh Badal will also be in jail. I promise all their properties will be attached and that money will be used in making roads and schools. Even Badals’ buses will be confiscated and given to unemployed youths.”
Promising farmers a debt-free Punjab by 2018, Kejriwal announced implementation of the Swaminathan report by 2020, debt waiver for small farmers, Dalits and backward classes, mohalla clinics in each village and compensation of Rs 20,000 per acre in case of crop loss due to natural calamities.
Daring Majithia to arrest him in four months, Kejriwal, amid loud cheers from the crowds, said, “I said I will send Majithia to jail and how he has filed a defamation case against me. Kisaan bhaiyon, kya maine kuch galat kaha? Majithia nashey ka dhanda karta hai ya nahi?” “Either you put me behind bars within four months or I will do so after poll results,” said Kejriwal. He termed his own party as the “cleanest” and said whatever dirt enters AAP it is cleaned with ‘jhaadu’. “Ours is the only party that has sacked three of its own ministers,” he said.