Chandigarh. Even after lakhs of efforts of the Congress high command, the battle of Captain versus Sidhu is not taking the name of ending in Punjab. Shortly before the upcoming assembly elections, this dispute is also a threat to the Congress in the state. On one hand, while state in-charge Harish Rawat talks to the media after the tour that everything is fine and Punjab President Navjot Singh Sidhu’s team is handling everything, on the other hand no one is there. A new discord takes birth again within the party. The latest case is of Congress MLA from Amargarh in the state. Here the MLA of Sidhu faction said that he will not contest the 2022 elections under the leadership of CM Captain Amarinder Singh.
According to the information received, MLA Surjit Dhiman has said that he will not contest the election under the leadership of Captain and the party should make Sidhu the CM candidate. It is worth noting that Dhiman is one of the leaders who has recently met the Punjab in-charge regarding the change of leadership in the state. Before this statement of the MLA of Sidhu faction, the party high command and state in-charge have said that the CM will not be changed. After reaching Dehradun, he had made it clear to the leaders who met Rawat that ‘the upcoming assembly elections will be fought under the leadership of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.’
Sidhu wrote a letter to CM on agricultural laws
Sidhu on Sunday wrote to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh seeking action on the demands of the farmers, including quashing of the “inappropriate” FIRs lodged against the farmers during the agitation. Sidhu said that the Congress stands with the farmers’ movement against the agricultural laws at every level. He told the state government, ‘we should do more’ and ‘the three black laws should not be allowed to be implemented in Punjab at any cost’. Sidhu wrote to the chief minister two days after meeting representatives of 32 agricultural bodies. The representatives had raised their demands during the meeting.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, Sidhu said, “You are requested to pay attention to the demands raised in the meeting convened by 32 farmer unions and take necessary action.” Sidhu said the farmer leaders demanded the quashing of the “unjust and unfair” FIRs lodged against the farmers unions due to the cases of violence during the agitation in the state. He said that the Congress and the state government have extended support to the farmers agitating against the central agricultural laws.
“Still, some FIRs have been registered due to untoward incidents,” Sidhu said. He said the government can set up a mechanism to consider each case on compassionate grounds and quash all “unfair” cases. Referring to farmers’ fear of the Center asking for information about land records before crop procurement, Sidhu urged the state government to fight against the Centre’s “injustice”.
Sidhu said, ‘I personally believe that this is unfair.’ He said that for decades there has been no division of land in many parts of the state.
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