Chandigarh, 19 September(Wishav Warta): Punjab Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), president, and Member Parliament (MP) Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday dubbed both Capt Amarinder Singh led Congress in the state and Narendra Modi led BJP government at the centre as cheats and two sides of the same coin who failed to live up to the poll promises made to the farmers.
Mann said during the run up to the Gurdaspur parliamentary by-poll the AAP would reach out to each and every household in the constituency to expose the double speak of both BJP and the Congress who deceived the poor farming community only to get their votes and later left them high and dry.
Mann said Modi government has completed nearly three and a half year at the centre but it failed to implement the recommendations of the Dr. Swaminathan commission report which the BJP promised so vociferously in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
” Rather Modi government not only has taken a complete U-turn on the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report but also ignored the large number of suicides being committed by the farming community all across India as they fail to get reasonable rates for their agriculture produce”.
In fact the Modi government has given an affidavit in the Supreme Court that the central government would not implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan report. Incidentally Modi government received complete support from the Akali -BJP alliance which ignored farmers’ plight and rather bargained for family ministerial berth at the centre.
Similarly before coming to power Capt Amarinder’ s party went to each household in Punjab and given written assurances to the farmers and labour farm that their outstanding agricultural loans would be waived off once the congress came to power including those of public sector banks, cooperative banks or with the commission agents. However immediately after taking oath as chief minister Capt Amarinder completely forgot and ignored the promise he made to the Punjab farmers. “As a result Punjab farmers and farm labour continue to commit suicides almost every day”. As if this was insufficient, farmers are being humiliated by the various financial institutions including the public sector banks by publicly displaying the pictures of farm loan defaulters.
Mann said the AAP would expose the lies and the fake poll promises Capt Amarinder and Modi government made to deceive the poor farmers only to gain power.