DW BUREAU / Chandigarh
Captain Amarinder Singh’s fourth month as Chief Minister of Punjab has failed to bring respite to farmers, safeguard Panthic principles and parliamentary traditions. These remarks were made by Vice-president, Bharatiya Janata Party, Punjab, Harjit Singh Grewal and State Secretary Vineet Joshi here on Sunday as they released the report card of Captain’s fourth month in office.
“While the Chief Minister betrayed the farmers by not waiving off their loans even after making an announcement during the Budget Session, the Co-operative societies and small banks have come on the verge of being shut down as they haven’t received back the loan amounts either from the government or the farmers. Meanwhile, the weather has played havoc with farmers as thousands of acres of farmland lies submerged under water,” said the BJP leaders.
“Backing out from his promise of full loan waiver, first Capt. Amarinder Singh announced a partial loan waiver in the Vidhan Sabha and then Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal allocated a meager Rs 1,500 crores in the Budget, but ever since the government hasn’t given anything in writing to the banks. Till the government gives it in writing to the banks, the loans don’t get waived off. Even Manpreet Badal has stated that this will take at least two months. Then why make fake announcements?, asked Grewal and Joshi.
Attacking the Chief Minister, they said, “Over 129 farmers have committed suicide during Captain’s 120 days of rule.” They also spoke about poor financial condition of the state.