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Bajwa lambasts Modi for his silence on the plight of Gujarat Sikh farmers

Gurdaspur: The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr. Partap Singh Bajwa, today said the Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate, Mr. Narendra Modi, had once again ditched his alliance partner, the Shiromani Akali Dal, by ignoring the plight of the Sikh farmers in the Kutch area of his state who were facing eviction orders. Mr. Bajwa said at his Jagraon rally during his last visit to Punjab, he had categorically assured that no farmer from his state would be allowed to be evicted but he had so far failed to take any follow up action. The basic issue in this case was the withdrawal of the special leave petition filed in the Supreme Court by the Gujarat government against the orders of the state high court which had granted relief to these beleaguered farmers settled there for the last about 50 years. He castigated the Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, for maintaining a stony silence on this issue. He said it was strange that Mr. Badal and his party were seeking votes in the names of Mr. Modi but had not touched upon any issue concerning this border state. “The impression of Mr. Modi being anti-minorities has been further reinforced from his speech at Pathankot today in which he totally ignored the plight of the Gujarat Sikh farmers who have not been extended any relief as that is only possible in case the Modi government withdraws the SLP from the Supreme Court”, he added. Mr. Bajwa said the problem with Mr. Badal was that he was more interested in safeguarding the interests of his family at the cost of Punjab and in this case, he was unconditionally supporting Mr. Modi as he was bargaining for the induction of his daughter-in-law Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal in case she gets elected from Bathinda and NDA replaces the UPA at the centre. He said the Chief Minister was living in illusion as there was no chance of the NDA coming into power and the BJP had no base in large part of the country. Moreover, the Akali Dal was facing the strongest wave of anti-incumbency in Bathinda. He said all the calculations of Mr. Badal and his son and the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, would go awry in this election. He said during the last Lok Sabha election, both father and the son had devoted the maximum time to Bathinda but this time, Mr. Badal had visited the constituency of his daughter-in-law only once as he had gauged the mood of the people. Mr. Bajwa said there was little chance of the Akali Dal-BJP alliance in Punjab retaining its score of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections as the people were angry and they wanted to teach a lesson to the rulers. He said visit of Mr. Modi would fail to have any impact on the situation in the backdrop of the aggressive mood of the people who had been feeling insulted and humiliated at the hands of the ruling alliance leaders. He said Mr. Modi talked of narco-terrorism from across the border but fail to mention the fact that what was consumed by the youth in Punjab was being produced within the state itself under the very protection of the ruling party leaders. He said drug racket amounting to about Rs. 5000 crore had surfaced after the arrest of former cop Jagdish Bhola. Mr. Modi just could not blame the so called laxity on the border as the ever vigilant Border Security Force had been making large seizures of heroine. The names of several Akali ministers were being mentioned in this regard, he added.
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