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Congress Party Guarantees MSP and Loan Waiver for All Farmers, Says Ludhiana LS Candidate Amarinder Singh Raja Warring

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Report By Jag Mohan Thaken 

14 May 2024, Chandigarh: Addressing a series of public meetings in various assembly segments of the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency on Tuesday, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief and a candidate for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring announced that the Congress party has guaranteed to waive off loans of all farmers. Besides, he added, there will be a legal guarantee for the MSP. He said the loan waiver will not just be a one-time affair but there will be a permanent “Loan Relief Commission”, which will keep on examining from time to time the need for loan waivers for farmers.

Warring asked the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal to list one single such commitment to farmers. He observed that, while the farmers did not expect anything from the BJP as its “anti-farmer agenda” was too well known, he asked the Akalis what they had to offer.

Similarly, he added, the AAP leaders had made tall claims before forming the government in Punjab but had already run away from their promises and commitments and pushed the entire blame on the centre. He said, while the central government indeed is to be blamed, what stopped the AAP from fulfilling its own commitments during the last two and a half years.

Warring said that Congress had a clear and unambiguous mission which was aimed at 100 percent welfare of people be they farmers, the youth, women or ordinary workers and labourers. He said, the party had promised 25 guarantees, which were all welfare-oriented and would be fulfilled immediately after the formation of the government.

Addressing large and enthusiastic gatherings in various villages, Warring outlined the “Five Nyayas” from the Congress manifesto emphasising the party’s commitment to justice, welfare, and inclusive growth.

During his speech, Warring sharply criticised the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for its failure to deliver on electoral promises made during the last elections. He highlighted the unfulfilled commitments that have left many citizens disillusioned and reiterated Congress’s dedication to transparency and accountability in governance.

Warring also took a strong stance against the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), accusing it of engaging in divisive politics that threaten the unity and harmony of the nation. He called for a return to policies that prioritise the welfare of all citizens, regardless of their background.

“The people of Punjab deserve a government that truly works for their benefit, not one that makes empty promises or divides them,” Warring declared. “The Congress party’s ‘Five Nyayas’ are designed to ensure justice and prosperity for every individual in our state. It’s time for real change, and together, we can achieve it.”

Warring elaborated on the “Five Nyays” from the Congress manifesto, emphasising social and economic justice. He detailed Kisan Nyay, promising fair prices and support for farmers, and Yuva Nyay, aiming to create sustainable employment for youth. He also focused on Shramik Nyay, ensuring labourers’ rights and welfare, and Hissedari Nyay, promoting social justice for marginalised communities. Lastly, he highlighted Naari Nyay, dedicated to empowering women and promoting gender equality.

Confronting his opponents, Raja Warring asked them to spell out what they had to offer to people except the ‘jumlas’ (fake promises).

The PCC president claimed that the free power scheme was started during the Congress government headed by Charanjit Singh Channi, much before the AAP came to power in Punjab. He pointed out, the Channi government had waived off all the pending arrears of people pending for years.

“If the AAP government can take loans for publishing and broadcasting advertisements across the country with hardly any benefit to Punjab, why can’t it take similar loans for providing relief to farmers?” he asked, while remarking, whether it is AAP, the BJP or the Akalis, they have been doling out only fake promises.

He said, people can cross-check that the states like Karnataka and Telangana, where Congress has formed the government, all the guarantees like Rs 2000 cash assistance to women have been fulfilled within months of the government formation. In contrast, the AAP has been in power for two and a half years now, it has simply forgotten to pay Rs 1000 each to every woman. He said Congress delivers what it promises as it does not believe in fake and false promises.

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