CHANDIGARH: Mocking him for calling himself a ‘sevadar’ of the farmers, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday asked his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal if he even knew the difference between wheat and paddy.
For a man who had wasted no time in notifying one of the three central farm laws, Kejriwal’s claim of being a sevadar of the farmers was simply ludicrous, said Captain Amarinder.
The Chief Minister challenged Kejriwal to cite once instance of anything his government had done for farmers in Delhi. “You did not even bother to convene a session of the Delhi Vidhan Sabha on the issue,” quipped Captain Amarinder, in a scathing attack on the Delhi Chief Minister.
If Kejriwal thought all the demands of the farmers to be valid, why did he not get state amendment laws passed in Delhi, on the lines of Punjab and some other states, to negate the devastating effects of the central laws, asked the Chief Minister.
He dared Kejriwal to back his claims of supporting the farmers’ demands by opposing the farm laws openly and constitutionally, as the Punjab government was doing. “This political spectacle is not going to help the farmers,” said Captain Amarinder.
“The farmers have seen through your sneaky little ways and your theatrics will not help you change their opinion,” the Punjab CM said, commenting on Kejriwal’s visit to the Singhu border.
After failing to take a stand for the farmers on the farm laws’ issue, Kejriwal was now desperately looking for an opportunity to salvage his party’s lost ground among the farmer community, said Captain Amarinder, adding that the Delhi CM had seen an opportunity in the Bharat Bandh call to woo the farmers, who had totally and categorically rejected AAP in Punjab.