Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh Sunday said the ‘farmers’ manifesto’ that AAP released Sunday was a “poor carbon copy” of what his party has already promised. He also asked as to why AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal did not read the manifesto draft himself.
Amarinder reiterated that this was not only the battle of getting Punjab rid of the Badals and Majithia, it was also the issue of “Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiyat which will not be allowed to be compromised by handing over the reins of the state to outsiders, who don’t even know the ‘P’ of Punjab”.
He pointed out that the AAP had promised conditional loan waiver, while the Congress had already promised unconditional loan waiver to the farmers. “There are so many ifs and buts in the AAP manifesto betraying lack of confidence in the party to commit anything”, he said.
Referring to other announcements made in the manifesto, like bringing in a legislation to save farmers’ land from being auctioned in case of loan default, confiscation of Badals’ buses and providing these to the unemployed youth of the state, the PCC president said the Congress party has already made these commitments long ago and mere perusal of recent newspapers can enlighten them about it.
On AAP’s claims that the farmers’ produce will be lifted within 24 hours of its arrival in mandis and payment will be made within 72 hours, the former chief minister pointed out he had already done it between 2002 and 2007 and the entire Punjab in general and the farmers in particular know about it.