AAP bid to cover up laxity on stubble burning issue, says PPCC

Devinder Singh Kohli /kaumimarg .com | November 09, 2016 05:28 PM
AAP bid to cover up laxity on stubble burning issue, says PPCC


Clearly caught on the backfoot over the controversial issue of stubble burning, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Kanwar Sandhu and Chander Suta Dogra are now trying to cover up the party’s massive laxity by announcing a green manifesto on the lines of a similar manifesto already announced by the Congress

AAP’s sudden decision to come out with a green manifesto incorporating the issue of stubble burning, which has assumed grave proportions in the light of the unprecedented pollution in Delhi, has nailed the party’s lie that the matter was always on their agenda, said the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC). 

Not once did Sandhu, or any other AAP leader, mention earlier that there was a green manifesto on the cards to deal with environmental issue. In what is clearly a knee-jerk reaction to the criticism evoked by the absence of any mention of stubble burning in their farmer manifesto, AAP has now decided to come out with one – a clear indication that it was now simply trying to save its face, said the Punjab Congress.In a statement issued here, PPCC leaders Parminder Singh Pinky, Rana Gurmeet Sodhi and Amarinder Singh Raja Warring ridiculed Kanwar Sandhu’s desperate bid to show his concern over the problem that, he said, had grown because of “the government’s ignorance.”

 How come Sandhu has suddenly woken up to the situation?” they asked, pointing to the fact that just two days back the AAP leader had been trying to justify the fact that stubble burning had found no mention in AAP’s farmer manifesto. Sandhu had then said that the fact that AAP had chosen not to include stubble burning as an issue in its manifesto did not mean that the party was not cognizant of it. So what does his U-turn now mean? Has he now suddenly discovered that any commitment on his party’s part is meaningless till it is communicated to the people?” the PPCC leaders asked, questioning Sandhu’s illogical and senseless statement.

 What was really shocking was that AAP had so far chosen to conveniently ignore the problem of stubble burning, which had plunged Delhi, where it is in power, into a state of unprecedented smog crisis, said the PPCC leaders. It was clearly with an eye on the Punjab polls that AAP had chosen to turn a blind eye to the issue, until it was  cornered by the Congress and others, according to the PPCC leaders.

 The most preposterous aspect of AAP’s sudden U-turn is the fact that not only has the party now decided to come out with a Congress-style green manifesto but has gone so far as to blame not the farmers but the Badal government for aggravating the problem.They pointed out that PPCC president Captain Amarinder Singh had always maintained that the poor farmers of Punjab were being forced to resort to stubble burning due to lack of sufficient resources to go for alternate measures. The only solution, according to Captain Amarinder, was to implement the Swaminathan Committee report without further delay.

 Taking a cue from the Congress stand, Sandhu and his colleagues are also now trying to take the same position, saying that registering cases against the farmers is not a solution. This is not the first time that AAP has aped the Congress on a critical issue.  The party had recently copied the Congress farm debt waiver campaign to exactitude, even coming out with similar proformas or maang patras to record the debt status of farmers in the state, the Punjab Congress leaders pointed out.

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