Punjab Congress leader Sunil Jakhar on Monday blamed the Akalis for the whitefly attack on cotton crop that forced farmers to commit suicide.
Referring to the Akali government in the state as “blue fly”, which is a take on the “blue turbaned government” in local parlance, Jakhar questioned why there was no inquiry into the “spurious pesticide scam”.
“This case is being delayed deliberately because they (government) know that every inquiry in this case will lead to Punjab Agricultural minister Tota Singh, and the Chief Minister’s office,” said Jkahar while speaking in Jalandhar. He also demanded that the Punjab government be booked under ‘abetment to suicide’ case for forcing farmers to commit suicides due to their “anti-farmer policies”.
“If the case, which was registered in October, was probed properly, then the crop would have not come under the whitefly attack again,” he said, adding that instead of getting the role of agricultural authorities probed, Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal had given clean chit to Tota Singh. He said the then Agricultural Director, Mangal Singh Sandhu, had pointed out that Punjab CM and Tota Singh were in the loop over the purchase of the pesticide.
Despite PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh’s disapproving a ‘fast unto death’ protest, Jakhar said that he was sticking to his stand. He had announced that he would protest if Punjab CM failed to get a positive assurance from the Centre on the issue.