Chandigarh, October 27 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced a ten day long mass contact programme with Punjab farmers and the farm labour to apprise them how they would be brought out of the debt trap once the party formed the government in 2017 in the state.
Addressing a joint press conference here AAP national spokesperson and incharge Punjab party affairs Sanjay Singh, Punjab Convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi, Punjab Dialogue head, Kanwar Sandhu and Legal Cell head Himmat Singh Shergill, said from October 29 the party would launch a massive mass contact program with the farmers and the farm labour all across the state.
” The prime object of the ten day long programme which would commence on October 29 and culminate on November 7, will be to apprise the farmers and the labour hand about our manifesto and how we have made a commitment in it to waive off their outstanding debt by December 31 in 2018″, said the party leaders.
Ghuggi said the party would also expose the malicious and misleading propaganda unleashed by the congress party in Punjab by distributing forms among all and sundry pledging a loan waiver.
“One has to read the forms being distributed by the congress party clearly to know its bluff. Congress is saying in the forms that it would support the debt waiver without saying it in so many words whether the party would actually do it if voted to power in 2017”, said Ghuggi while showing and comparing forms of both the political parties to the media.
Ghuggi said AAP in its manifesto and in the forms has clearly made a commitment witt the Punjab farmers that once voted to power it would waive of the farmers’ debt by December 2018. Moreover the congress party has no laid out any plan, policy or a programme how it would actually waive of the debt of the farmers whereas the AAP clearly defined it would do so as per Sir Chhotu Ram Act.
Ghuggi said if the congress party was indeed serious about farmers’ plights who have been committing suicides during Capt Amarinder Singh’s tenure why it failed to give relief to the Punjab farmers when the UPA government under Sonia Gandhi & Dr Manmohan Singh was in power at the centre for 10 years.
Ghuggi said similarly the congress party also failed to implement MS Sawaminathan report which clearly laid stress on the fact that farmers must get at least 50% profit over and above of their agricultural cost inputs.