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Capt. Amarinder playing in the hands of 'private sugar mill mafia' as Badals did during previous govt.- AAP

November 29, 2018 05:25 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday criticised the move of private sugar mills denying to pay Rs. 310 per quintal for sugarcane growers as advised by state advisory committee. The party accused Capt. Amarinder Singh of playing in the hands of sugarcane mill mafia just as the Badals did during previous govt.

In a joint press statement issued from party headquarters, the president of kissan wing MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan, MP candidate from Amritsar, Hoshiarpur and Sri Anandpur Sahib respectively Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, Dr. Ravjot Singh and Narinder Singh Shergill said that on one hand there are lakhs of sugarcane growers and other are half a dozen mill owners so it will be interesting to see if Capt. Amarinder would stand with the farmers of state of save the skin of sugarcane mafia.

AAP leaders said that the denial of sugar mill owners to pay extra Rs. 35 per quintal as directed by sugarcane control board is condemnable and shows the inability of Capt. govt to tackle the issues of farmers of state.

Sandhwan demanded from the govt. that state owned co-operative sugar mills must be given aid and assistance to work properly so that the monopoly of private mill owners can be broken. He said that it is now an acid test for Capt. Amarinder Singh if he can fulfill the promise made with the farmers of state before elections.

AAP leaders said that if the govt. fails to implement the recommendations of Sugarcane control board then there is no point continuing the board and spend crores of rupees on it.

Sandhwan warned that if the govt. bow down and fails to pay the full rate of sugarcane then AAP will protest against it. He said that the people of state knows about the political connections of sugar mill owners with Akali and Congress leaders and AAP will expose the politicians patronising the sugar mafia in state.

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