Farmers protest: AAP quotes RTI document to slam Punjab CM Amarinder Singh
On Sunday, the Aam Aadmi Party slammed Punjab’s Chief Minister Amarinder Singh over the ongoing protests of farmers. AAP claimed that Amarinder Singh was a part of the committee which approved the three farm laws, against which the farmers are protesting since last year.
The Aam Aadmi Party has quoted a RTI document and claimed that the Punjab CM was one of the members of the committee which approved these controversial laws. The RTI document clearly shows that Singh was one of the 10 members of a high-powered committee of chief ministers for ‘Transformation of Indian Agriculture’.
The RTI states that in August 2019, the order for setting up of a committee was passed. Apart from Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand, the members of the committee were as follows:-
- Then Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis,
- Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar,
- Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu,
- Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath,
- Former CM of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath,
- Punjab CM Amarinder Singh
AAP leader Raghav Chadha said, “When you had the document in 2019, why didn’t you tell the farmers that the Modi government was set to bring such anti-farmer laws.”
This allegation brought on Sunday by AAP on congress leader Singh is not new. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh have been in a constant war of bitter words, since the farmers announced their ‘Dilli Chalo’ protest. The RTI documents have been added to AAP’s attack on Singh.
Earlier, Singh replied to the accusations. He did not deny the fact that he was a part of the committee but he said that these farm laws were never discussed at any meetings of that committee.
The farmers and the centre are still in a deadlock as the farm union leaders have rejected the Centre’s proposal of staying the implementation of the farm laws for 1.5 years. The farmers have been protesting in the capital and are currently preparing for their tractor march on the republic day.