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Punjab Cabinet demands expulsion of MPs for ‘anti-party activities’

The ministers, in a joint statement, called for cracking the whip on the two MPs without any laxity or delay.

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Chandigarh, Aug 6 : Two days after Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar sought strict action against party MPs Pratap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo, the entire Punjab Cabinet on Thursday also pitched in for the duo’s expulsion for their “anti-party and anti-government activities”, which they termed as “gross indiscipline”.

The actions of the two Rajya Sabha MPs call for immediate and strict action by the Congress high command, said the Cabinet ministers, seeking the dismissal of Bajwa and Dullo for attacking their own government in the state over the recent hooch tragedy.

The ministers, in a joint statement, called for cracking the whip on the two MPs without any laxity or delay.

Indiscipline cannot be tolerated at any time, least of all when Assembly elections are less than two years away, they said, pointing to the MPs’ repeated attacks on the state government, including on Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Questioning their move of airing concerns about the hooch tragedy, the ministers said the two Members of Parliament had never, during their Rajya Sabha term, bothered to raise any issue of interest to the state they represent.

“Why did they not press for the completion of the ED probe into the drugs issue during the Akali regime? Why did they not protest in the House against the anti-farm ordinances of the Union government? Why did they never speak about the CBI’s failure to probe the sacrilege cases?” the ministers asked.

The ministers said that by bypassing all party and government forums to protest against the state government’s handling of the hooch tragedy and instead approaching the Governor for CBI and ED inquiries into the case, the two MPs had not only attacked the very basis of democratic governance but had sought to undermine the Punjab Police force, which was effectively cracking down on the liquor mafia.

This is not the way democratic systems and institutions are meant to function, said the ministers, pointing out that a CBI probe was needed only if the police failed to deliver, which was definitely not the case at present.

In any case, they pointed out that the whole of Punjab had been witness to the CBI’s total lack of efficiency in investigating the sacrilege cases, which eventually the state police had to probe.

Even the targeted killings were solved not by the CBI but by the state police, the ministers said, expressing full faith and confidence in the Punjab Police’s ability to bring every guilty individual to book even in the spurious liquor case.

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Stalin couldn’t find fault with farm bills even with a magnifying glass: TN CM

Stalin was talking without knowing about the bills that have been adopted in Parliament, Palaniswami told reporters at Madurai.

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The AIADMK extended support to the three farm bills as they benefited the farmers, and DMK chief M K Stalin, though he could not pick holes even with a magnifying glass, has still announced a protest against it, Chief Minister K Palaniswami asserted on Tuesday.

Palaniswami, who visited Ramanathapuram to inaugurate new projects and distribute government welfare assistance to beneficiaries said his party’s aim is safeguarding the interests of the farmers.

“Since the three bills benefited the farmers, we supported it. We will support any initiative aimed at benefiting the farmers and at the same time oppose any scheme that would affect them and this is our stand and we have made this clear,” he told reporters at Ramanathapuram.

Several schemes aimed at the welfare of farmers including the water resources rejuvenation ‘Kudimaramathu’ and construction of a slew of check dams have been implemented only because he was a farmer, the Chief Minister said answering a question on DMK chief M K Stalin criticising him for calling himself a farmer and supporting the farm bills.

“I am a farmer. To this day I am doing farming and I take pride in calling myself a farmer. Stalin does not know anything about agriculture,” he said, adding since the DMK president could not find fault with the government, he was making unfounded allegations.

Stalin was talking “without knowing” about the bills that have been adopted in Parliament, Palaniswami told reporters at Madurai.

The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 was in sync with a 2019 Tamil Nadu law, he said.

Farmers are also protected from price fall besides other advantages. “If Stalin can explain what is wrong in these provisions it will be good. Farmers will not be affected, these benefit them and that is why we have supported.”

Tamil Nadu has already taken steps to help farmers sell their produce anywhere freely and only this framework has now been extended across the nation through the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, he said.

“This law is already there in Tamil Nadu. The Centre has brought this Bill since other states do not have it.”

Similarly, after explaining the features of the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, he said all the three passed bills have absolutely no adverse impact for farmers and on the contrary, the provisions are good for them and the people.

The farmers market (Uzhavar Sandhai) would continue to function in Tamil Nadu and opposition parties were spreading rumours that these would be affected, he said.

Farmers in states like Punjab were agitated due to spread of rumours that there would be no Minimum Support Price and government procurement but the Centre has categorically made it clear that MSP and procurement would continue, he said.

“We don’t understand why he (Stalin) opposes the farm bills. What is wrong in these laws. He searched with a magnifying glass and could not find any fault (with farm bills). Still, he has announced a protest against the bills,” Palaniswami said.

The “historic” Rs 14,000 crore worth Cauvery Gundaru river-linking project would be inaugurated before the end of January next year, he said.

Unlike the DMK regime, which entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with a private entity for coal bed methane extraction in the fertile Cauvery delta region affecting the farmers interests, it was the AIADMK government which declared it as a protected zone for agriculture, Palaniswami said.

“Can Stalin deny that he was responsible for the project,” he asked, adding this aspect cannot be hidden and farmers would not forget that the leader of the opposition was responsible for that project during the DMK led rule years ago.

To a question on his party’s Rajya Sabha MP, S R Balasubramoniyan’s criticism on some provisions of the farm bills, Palaniswami said: “we will seek an explanation from him. He has said that he has only put on record his opinion. Still, we will ask him to explain.”

Earlier, at a review meeting at the Ramanathapuram Collectorate, Palaniswami said all steps for implementing the Cauvery Gundaru project has been initiated and through the initiative one lakh acre would get irrigation facilities in Ramanathapuram district.

The scheme, part of proposals envisaged under the Peninsular Rivers Development component of the National Perspective Plan, aims at diverting surplus water from Mettur dam to water deficit regions.

On Sunday, the Rajya Sabha passed the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.

The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 that seeks to remove commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, onion, and potatoes from the list of essential commodities and will do away with the imposition of stock holding limits, was adopted on Tuesday in the upper house.

These three bills have already been passed by the Lok Sabha.

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AIADMK to seek explanation from RS member for opposing farm Bills

When it was pointed out that Balasubramanian spoke against the farm Bills in the Rajya Sabha, Palaniswami said an explanation will be sought from him.

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK on Tuesday said that it will seek an explanation from its Rajya Sabha member S.R. Balasubramanian for speaking against the three farm Bills in the upper house on Sunday.

Queried about the AIADMK government’s stand on the farm laws, party Joint Coordinator and Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said the Central government has brought in the three laws for the benefit of the farmers.

The government will support schemes that are beneficial for the farmers and oppose those schemes that are detrimental to their interest, he said.

When it was pointed out that Balasubramanian spoke against the farm Bills in the Rajya Sabha, Palaniswami said an explanation will be sought from him.

Balasubramanian spoke against the three Bills, a day after Palaniswami issued a detailed statement highlighting the features of the Bills.

A former Congressman, Balasubramanian joined the Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) and then the AIADMK in 2016 and soon after, was sent to the Rajya Sabha.

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YSRCP leaders spreading lies on TDP, destroying Amaravati: Chandrababu Naidu

According to Naidu, Reddy has no faith in any religion but only indulges in theatrics to safeguard his vote banks.

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Amaravati, Sep 22 : Andhra Pradesh opposition leader and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said YSRCP leaders are spreading false information about erstwhile TDP projects with a plan to destroy Amaravati capital city.

“The evil-minded YSRCP leaders were only spreading misinformation campaigns on TDP projects with a plan to destroy Amaravati Capital city,” alleged Naidu.

During an online interaction with senior party leaders and candidates from all the 175 constituencies, he claimed that the ruling party MPs were not fighting for the people’s issues and did not raise the minimum support price issue for farmers in their protests.

Naidu alleged that Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is indulging in vote bank politics, and claimed that he is not condemning attacks on temples, dalits, BCs and minorities.

“The Chief Minister did not bother to visit one single temple and failed to give a strong warning to the perpetrators of these crimes,” he asserted.

According to Naidu, Reddy has no faith in any religion but only indulges in theatrics to safeguard his vote banks.

The TDP supremo claimed that multiple investigations against him were carried out in the past but none of them yielded any proof of wrongdoing.

“Even Reddy ordered many inquiries after becoming CM but he could not find fault with the TDP regime in the past 15 months,” he claimed.

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