AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday mounted a no-holds barred attack on the Badal family and Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh, alleging that they have “looted” the state for their “vested interests”.“What have the Akalis and the Congress given to the people of Punjab? They have only looted the state for their vested interests. People should disassociate themselves with these parties. Otherwise, their children will never forgive them,” he said here after releasing his party’s ‘Kisan Manifesto’.
Asserting that Punjab will “change” after the 2017 Assembly polls, Kejriwal, on the last day of his four-day tour of the state, told a rally that the future of Punjab was bright and it would show the direction to the entire world.He said the farmers of the state were once prosperous and accused the Badals and Amarinder of “grabbing” their land and “forcing” them to commit suicide in the last 15 years.
“We (AAP) will not let them (the Badals and Amarinder) go scot-free. I have pitched my tent in Punjab now and I will leave the state only after sending the Badals to jail,” said Kejriwal.
He also lashed out at state ministers Tota Singh, Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Bikram Singh Majithia and Sukhbir Singh Badal. “After we form the government in Punjab, we will get cases lodged against them and send them to jail,” he said.The AAP supremo accused Tota Singh of “selling spurious pesticides” which forced cotton farmers to commit suicide, Kairon of “looting” foodgrains worth Rs 12,000 crore, Majithia of “being in the drugs business” and Sukhbir of “knowing it all”, adding that AAP will confiscate the land of these ministers and build schools and hospitals on them.“Three months back, I had announced that Majithia was in the drugs trade. He got a false case registered against me, thinking that he will be able to suppress me. But, I am not afraid of him,” said Kejriwal.
Highlights of farmers’ manifesto
Loans of marginal farmers would be waived off till December 2018
12-hours free power supply to farmers
The banks will not be allowed to auction lands of farmers for non-payment of debt
Returning of land acquired for SYL canal
Rs 20,000 compensation per acre for damaged crops
Hike of pension Scheme from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000
Rs 51,000 Shagun Scheme to farmer at the time of his daughter’s marriage and Rs 21,000 at the time of birth of girl child
Life imprisonment for culprits for pesticide scam and attachment of their properties.
Inquiry commission to probe role of four Cabinet ministers
Clinics at every village for free treatment of farmers and labourers
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