Badal showing fake sympathy for Kutch Sikh farmers: Bajwa

Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Tuesday accused Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of showing fake sympathy for Sikh farmers settled in Gujarat’s Kutch area,who are allegedly facing eviction

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 8, 2014 1:09 pm

Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Tuesday accused Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of showing fake sympathy for Sikh farmers settled in Gujarat’s Kutch area,who are allegedly facing eviction.

In a statement issued here,Bajwa said Badal has failed to persuade Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the SLP filed by his government in the Supreme Court against a Gujarat High Court order against the eviction. “The HC had upheld the lower court’s verdict in favour of 50,000 Sikh farmers settled in Gujarat since 1965. The Gujarat government had declared these farmers non-agriculturists and asked them to go to Punjab,” he said.

Claiming that Badal had given the farmers false hope that he will speak to Modi and get them justice,Bajwa said: “Both Badal and Modi were befooling the farmers. Modi’s statement that Sikhs farmers would not be displaced is just a mockery. The Gujarat government has hired top lawyers to contest the case against Sikh farmers…”

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