The all-party meeting to arrive at a consensus on the Agri reform ordinances has multiplied the confusion of state farmers rather than offering any clarification. With both State congress government and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders taking an opposite stand, the issue has taken a political colour and both parties are making claims and counter-claims against each other.
SAD leaders led by their president Sukhbir Singh Badal have openly come in the support of three ordinances, which were passed by centre recently. Apart from offering support to ordinances, they have also alleged that Punjab Congress government has been levelling baseless allegations against the central government. They are also alleging that the ordinance does not have any provision to end MSP and procurement.
But Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh and his ministers have been accusing SAD of supporting anti-farmer ordinances to save the chair of SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal in the central cabinet. They have demanded a clarification from SAD leaders whether they support ordinances or not.
Punjab farmers are already under huge debt and farmer suicides have been rising in the state. The partial debt waiver given by present state government has failed to provide any relief to indebted farmers. The spread of COVID-19 has multiplied their problems as more losses in agriculture are imminent. More losses mean more debt and farmers do not see any solution of their problem of rising debt.
The politics being going on ordinances has only added to the woes of farmers as various political leaders are wasting time in proving themselves to be the champion of farmers, but have not taken the matter with the central government as yet. All parties must get united and raise their voice unitedly to save farmers from more losses.