Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday sought immediate intervention of his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi and BJP chief Nitin Gadkari to sort out the issue of ownership rights of Punjabi farmers on the agriculture land in Gujarat.
In separate letters to Modi and Gadkari,Badal said the orders of the Kutch collector to freeze more than 1000 Khedut Khatas (agricultural accounts) of the Punjabi farmers was an injustice to these people who had developed this barren land into a fertile one with their hard labour. The CM said he was peeved to learn that though the Gujarat High Court had ruled in favour of these farmers,the state government had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against it.
In the letter copies of which were circulated to mediapersons here,Badal said this was totally unfair as Gujarat was a homeland to these Punjabi farmers who had been ploughing the land for the past three decades,thus playing a pivotal role in the progress of the state.
Urging Modi and Gadkari to have a sympathetic view on the matter,the chief minister said if the matter was resolved amicably,misery and distress of these farmers could be avoided.