Chandigarh: Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar on Wednesday accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of “shamelessly spreading canards” on the state assembly clearing the Punjab Contract Farming Act, saying that it was Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) led by Parkash Singh Badal that had passed the law in 2013 with support from BJP. “SAD-BJP government had dared to introduce a jail term for farmers in the budget session of 2013 after suspending nine Congress MLAs to throttle their voice against these measures,” Jakhar said, showing video clips of the session to media persons.
Jakhar alleged that AAP was siding with the BJP on the sensitive issue of farmers welfare. “They have bartered their souls to political bosses in BJP and are only hellbent on defaming farmers for petty political gains,” he added.
Commenting on Sukhbir’s absence from the ongoing Parliament session, Jakhar said, “He has chosen MC elections over going to Parliament for raising farmers concerns against his old partners.”
Challenging the BJP, Jakhar said rather than making provocative statements, party leaders should come to Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, for an open debate on three agriculture laws and make farmers understand about the benefits of these laws. He also appealed to the people of Punjab not to indulge in violence and protest peacefully.