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Treat farmers fairly, Punjab CM to PM

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | February 26, 2008 17:42 IST

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Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal along with 25 legislators and members of Parliament, both past and present, called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] late on Monday night and asked him to do justice to Punjab farmers who toil hard to provide 50 per cent of the foodgrains for the people of the country.

He also called on Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in the Parliament House complex on Tuesday afternoon and submitted the memorandum demanding justice for people of Punjab.

"Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal did not even know about the problems of the farmers until we announced our decision to hold a rally in Delhi. She somehow managed to collect a handful of her supporters and passed them off as farmers. Dr Singh and Sonia Gandhi [Images] met them and promised action," Parkash Singh's son Sukhbir told after the meeting with the home minister.

When asked when he is taking over as the chief minister from his father, Sukhbir said he has already taken over as the president of the Shiromani Akali Dal. "Let it be one things at a time," he said.

Parkash Singh said that Punjab is not getting a fair deal.

"Let them send a team of experts to the state. We have fertile land and water. We have been asked to share our resources with other states. I do not want credit for anything if the PM is willing to write off the debts of Punjab. That would help us. The money invested in the industrial sector is negligible," he said.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Kishenchand Advani who was to share the dais with Parkash Singh could not make it to the rally as Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav's budgetary speech stretched beyond the scheduled time due to frequent disruption from the opposition benches.