CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 30: Youth Akali Dal (YAD) President Parambans Singh Romana today said both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress were adopting double standards on the recently passed Agricultural Acts even as he asked chief minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to explain why he was afraid of taking on the central government.
In a statement here, the YAD President said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a member of the Group of Chief Ministers which deliberated on agricultural issues in 2011. He said the committee in its recommendations to the centre advocated that MSP should be made a statutory law to ensure both governments, as well as the private purchase of food grains, happened only on the minimum support price besides asking the centre to take steps to prevent hoarding of foodstuff.
Romana said while then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not follow the recommendations, the Congress tried to introduce provisions contained in the present Agricultural Bills in 2014 but could not do so because of lack of numbers. “The BJP was then in opposition to the same provisions which it now advocates and has passed in parliament”.
Coming to chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, the YAD President asked him to tell Punjabis why he was afraid of acting on his statements and why he always withdrew from a direct confrontation with the centre. “Is it because your family members are being probed by the Enforcement Directorate or because you feel that if you stand up to the centre your personal friend will be denied a visa to visit India?”
Romana also took on the Gandhi family and asked it to explain its questionable conduct. He said both Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi left for the United States for a “routine checkup” as per the Congress party’s official spokesman one day prior to the tabling of the Agricultural Bills in parliament. He said subsequently both mother and son came back to India on the day the Bills were passed. “People want to know whether the Gandhi family brokered a deal to allow the unhindered passage of the Bills. If yes, with whom? The Ambanis’ and the Adanis’ or someone else?”. He said in direct contrast then union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal did her duty towards her constituents and farmers by attending parliament, opposing the Bills and even resigning in protest on the issue despite the fact that her parents as well as brother were in ICU.