Jalandhar: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state convener Sucha Singh Chottepur on Monday said that after coming to power, the party would analyse the subsidies given to farmers in the state. Chottepur said that AAP would decide ‘subsidies’ to farmers on the basis of their economic status but refrained from making a clear statement that whether the rich farmers would be included in the subsidy package. The AAP leader was here in Jalandhar for the launch of ‘Farmer Campaign’ by the Kisan Wing of the party.
The party leaders would distribute an appeal letter written by AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal addressed in the name of farmers of Punjab to stop ‘suicides’. “We would make an appeal to the rich farmers in the state to do away with ‘subsidy’ and rather ‘give it up’ for the sake of marginal farmers. The way Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the rich families to leave LPG subsidy for the poor families, we would also plan it on the same lines. PM Modi’s campaign has got a wonderful response and we hope to get a similar response from farmers with bigger land holdings too”, he said.
The AAP leader maintained that if PM Modi was doing something good, it should be replicated. However, he evaded queries on making party’s stand clear on subsidies. “All these subjects would be cleared in the AAP ‘Election Manifesto’, which was a pious document for the party. Only needy farmers or those who actually required subsidy, irrespective of the financial status would be considered. Moreover, the number of rich farmers was less in the state”, he added. Earlier, squarely blaming the ruling SAD-BJP alliance of failure to safeguard the interests of the farmers, Chottepur said that the farmers were still awaiting the payment of sugarcane and wheat crop. “The past nine years saw complete downfall of farmers, as a result of which farmer suicides witnessed a surge in the agrarian state of Punjab”, he said. DP
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