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Amarinder's decision to go to the court over agriculture bills is a big betrayal with farmers: Harpal Singh Cheema

PUNJAB NEW EXPRESS | September 29, 2020 10:35 PM

CHANDIGARH: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab Senior Leader and Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema urged the people of Punjab especially the farmers associations to be aware of the statements being made by Raja Amarinder Singh on agriculture bills. He termed it as a drama to call a legal team from Delhi to repeal the anti-agriculture black laws through legal battle. MLA Jai Singh Rori, State General Secretary Harchand Singh Burst and Harinder Singh Amritsar were also present on the occasion.

Addressing a press conference, Harpal Singh Cheema said that  Amarinder Singh's announcement to go to the Supreme Court on anti-farmer bills was a big betrayal of the farmers and Raja Amarinder Modi is conspiring to torpedo the struggle of farmers' organizations across Punjab at the behest of Modi.

Harpal Singh Cheema said that when the assembly session was convened on August 28, 2020, the Punjab government had passed a resolution to repeal the Agriculture Ordinances and the resolution was to be sent to the Union government, but anti-farmer Raja Amarinder Singh kept the resolution in the Vidhan Sabha office for a total of 18 days from August 28 to September 14 and intentionally did not sent to the Center. The resolution should have been sent to the Union Government on the same day when Vidhan Sabha started on September 14, 2020, but it did not happen, which clearly shows that Raja Amarinder Singh was very non-serious about the issue of anti-agriculture ordinances.

Harpal Singh Cheema said that Raja Amarinder Singh was saying that with the help of law he would repeal the anti-agriculture ordinances, but I (Harpal Singh Cheema) would like to ask Raja Amarinder Singh to state that whatever case Punjab government has filed in court, has the Punjab government won any of those cases? Giving an example, Cheema said that the Punjab government had taken up the issue of SYL, coal washing in the Supreme Court, govt lost the case of Bargari in the High Court and the recent case of private school fees also been decided against Punjab government in the High Court. Now legally repealing the bill means that the Punjab government wants to lose the case in court again and torpedo the peasant struggle.

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