Alleging that Captain Amarinder Singh was acting on the diktats of his “hired master,” Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla Thursday said it was time the Punjab Congress chief “stopped being misguided by the ill-advice of his hired strategists and stop hurting farmers’ sentiments.”
In a statement, Sampla said, “Everyone is aware of the politics the Congress has been playing over debt-ridden farmers. The slogans given by Captain’s master can’t fool farmers,” he said, in a veiled reference to strategist Prashant Kishor. The statement added that writing in his blog, Sampla also lashed out at AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to stop “fooling around.”
Holding the Congress responsible for the plight of farmers in the state, Sampla alleged that the policies of successive Congress governments previously were responsible for the pathetic condition of the farmers. “The farmers of Punjab haven’t forgotten the step-motherly treatment meted out to them by the Manmohan Singh-led government in 2008. Not a single paisa reached the farmers of the state when the Cente had announced the Rs 70,000-crore debt waiver for the farmers of the nation,” he said.
Sampla added that a lot needs to be done to get the farmers out of their present situation. “The Congress and AAP are promising to waive off the debt of farmers, but the intentions of Captain and Kejriwal are still suspect. This is because the way farmers are reeling under debt burden, their plight can’t be overcome with a single waiver. The scenario won’t change with a waiver”, he said.