Kejriwal has no idea about Farmers: Sukhbir

Sukhbir Badal SAD

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has no understanding of the problems Punjab’s farmers are facing, the state’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Sunday. Badal’s words came hours after Kejriwal accused him and other leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal of misgovernance in Punjab and threatened to put them in jail should the AAP come to power in the state after the 2017 Assembly elections.

Badal dismissed AAP’s manifesto for farmers, which was released earlier in the day, saying they could not “tell basmati from paddy”, The Indian Express reported. Badal called Kejriwal a “habitual liar” and said that he had yet to fulfil the promises he has made in Delhi, where he is the chief minister. The statements came while Badal was inaugurating rural programmes in the Makhu constituency, and urging voters to stay with the Akali Dal rather than the Congress and AAP.

Earlier on Sunday, Kejriwal had said Akali Dal leaders including Sukhbir Singh Badal should be put behind bars as farmers were committing suicide because of their policies.

Calling Kejriwal an “agitationist”, Sukhbir said if AAP is voted to power in Punjab, it would “spell doom” for the state.

Sukhbir alleged that AAP’s “morality had rotten” to such an extent that it was forging an alliance with someone like Jagmeet Singh Brar who had been “discarded by every political dispensation”.