Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 4
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today warned the Centre of repercussions on the national food security due to the suspension of goods trains and farmers’ prolonged protest against the central Acts.
Congress legislator Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was briefly stopped by the Delhi Police at the border, slammed the ‘economic blockade’ of Punjab, warning: “We won’t let Ambani & Adani to set foot in Punjab and snatch farmers’ rights.”
Leading a dharna of Punjab MLAs at Jantar Mantar here, Capt Amarinder urged Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to resume the train service. He assured him of security of wagons and claimed farmers had blocked railway lines to only two coal shutters.
He said he wanted to meet President Ram Nath Kovind (who declined the request) to apprise him of the ongoing situation in Punjab. “The state farm Bills were not on agenda. But I wonder why the Punjab Governor has not sent the Bills to the President,” the CM said.
Rs 1,200 cr loss: Railways
The agitation by farmers in Punjab continued at 32 points around Railways property, authorities claimed on Wednesday. They said the loss was expected to have crossed Rs1,200 crore.
He asked how would the state survive without the supply of coal and agriculture inputs and lack of space to stock foodgrain?
“There will be protests if governments mess up with livelihoods and religion of people. If trouble erupts in Punjab where 75 per cent farmers are marginal, national security would be at stake,” he said, asking the Centre to stop “stepmotherly treatment” towards the state. The CM also questioned the timing of ED and IT notices to him and his family.