New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said that Congress in the state did not need an alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 polls. Singh further said that it would win all the 13 seats on its own. The remark came after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Mayawati earlier today issued a statement saying it would not have any sort of alliance with the Congress.
Saying that it was the view of the entire Congress’ alliance committee, Singh added that party matters, particularly those related to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, were discussed during the meeting and it was decided hence that the Punjab Congress will go solo and win all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Senior Congress leaders including Ahmed Patel, AK Antony, Jairam Ramesh, Mallikarjuna Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Sunil Jhakar attended the meeting. When asked about the hike in MSP announced by the Centre, Singh said that the Centre’s decision to hike the MSP of wheat by Rs 105 per quintal was a joke on the farmers of the country.
The hike is inadequate and less than what the MS Swaminathan Commission recommended, Singh said in a statement here. CM Singh said he has been personally pursuing the matter of full implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report, along with Rs 100 per quintal as compensation to farmers in lieu of not burning the paddy residue.
Singh said the farming community across the country has also been fighting for the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations, in totality, to ensure better returns for them. He alleged the BJP-led central government has, over the last four years, failed to take any positive steps for farmers or for any other section of society.
The BJP-led government at the Centre had promised to double farmers’ income, but the promise remains unfulfilled even as its tenure is coming to an end, he added.