Vidhan Sabha session: AAP MLAs stage protest march on DAP fertilizer issue

Modi and Channi government responsible for DAP fertilizer crisis: Harpal Cheema

Due to failure of Channi government, farmers not getting fertilizer: Aman Arora

Chandigarh, November 11: The MLAs of the main opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab staged a protest march against the Modi-led central government and the Channi government of Punjab over the deepening crisis of DAP fertilizer in the state. Before the commencement of the session, the AAP MLAs marched towards the Assembly; after holding a meeting led by Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema at the MLA Hostel in Sector 4 here.

Among the AAP MLAs were Kultar Singh Sandhwan, Deputy Leader of Opposition Saravjit Kaur Manuke, Aman Arora, Meet Hayer, Principal Budh Ram, Kulwant Singh Pandori, Manjit Singh Bilaspur, Jai Singh Rodi and Amarjit Singh Sandoa.

Holding placards and empty bags of DAP fertilizer against the Channi and the Modi government, while the AAP MLAs accused the Modi-led central government for step-motherly treatment against the farmers of Punjab; they termed Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi as the weakest Chief Minister ever, alleging that Channi had surrendered before the Modi government due to his chair and weakness.

Talking to the media, Harpal Singh Cheema said what the Channi government is doing, when the Union government is openly taking revenge on Punjab and its farmers. He said that the interests of Punjab and its farmers could not be protected by kneeling before the iniquity of the centre. That is why Punjab needs a strong and stable government, which only the Aam Aadmi Party can provide, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Kultar Singh Sandhwan and Aman Arora said that today the time for sowing of wheat is at its peak but the cooperative societies and private dealers of the state have so far received only 40-42 percent supply of DAP fertilizer. The AAP MLAs alleged that the Modi government at the centre was deliberately obstructing the supply of DAP fertilizer to Punjab to harass the farmers of Punjab, while in the neighboring states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh; the supply was being doubled-quadrupled as compared to Punjab.

But despite such iniquity, the Channi government has been sitting on its hands, which is causing great resentment among the farmers of the state. Meanwhile, the police tried to stop the AAP MLAs at a barricade set up by the Chandigarh police at High Court Chowk; but the AAP MLAs managed to enter the Assembly complex with placards in their hands.

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