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Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi admits to no intent of full loan waiver, says Sukhbir Singh Badal

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi has admitted that the Congress government did not have any intention of implementing a complete Rs 90,000 crore farm loan waiver promised to the state farmers of Punjab as shown by the letter written by him to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding the same.
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal accused Channi of “resorting to trickery and treachery” to wriggle his way out of the loan waiver commitment by putting the onus of the same on the central government. “Farmers were tricked into believing the Congress government would waive off their loans on the eve of the 2017 assembly elections by then state Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh. Now, after deceiving and betraying the trust of farmers, Channi is again trying to trick farmers into believing that their loans will be waived off in conjunction with the central government,” he added.
Badal said: “It is a matter of record that the complete farm loan waiver was promised by the Congress and not the central government. Writing to the Centre urging it to take on half this responsibility amounts to playing with the sentiments of farmers. Everyone knows this letter has no locus standi and will not be considered. This will give the Congress an excuse to play politics on the issue by blaming the central government for not taking on half of the farm loan waiver burden.”
Badal claimed the chief minister had also admitted in his letter that the Congress government had led thousands of farmers to commit suicide because it failed to waive off their loans as promised. “Channi has also admitted that farmers are being harassed and that recoveries are being made from them.”
“Going by Channi’s logic, he will turn around and say that 50% of all promises being made by the Congress should be fulfilled by non-Congress governments at the Centre,” the former deputy CM alleged.

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