While addressing farmers in Moga at a rally as part of his four-day visit to poll-bound Punjab, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal launched a scathing attack on leaders of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal government, ‘Indian Express’ has reported.
Kejriwal said Shiromani Akali Dal leaders Tota Singh, Kairon, Majithia and Sukhbir Singh Badal, responsible for years of misgovernance, will be put behind bars, if his party rose to power.
Kejriwal said, “In the past 10-15 years, farmers of Punjab have suffered a lot because of the Badals, Captain Amarinder, Akali Dal, the BJP and Congress governments. They are committing suicides.” He added, “If the condition of farmers does not improve, they will again be ruined by debt.”
To woo farmers ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections, Kejriwal also released a 31-point farmers’ manifesto from the party that promises to solve all their problems. Among the highlights of his manifesto is a promise to launch waiver loan schemes for farmers and compensation of Rs 20,000 per acre in case of crop loss due to natural calamities. Kejriwal also promised full implementation of Swaminathan Commission Report on crop pricing by Dec 2020.
“AAP government will give Rs 20,000 per acre as compensation for crop loss to farmers,” he said.
Kejriwal used the stage to level charges against Shiromani Akali Dal leader Majithia of promoting drug trafficking.