Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 3
Even as Union Cabinet Minister Hardeep Puri today claimed that senior Akali leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal did not object to the new farm laws at the Cabinet meeting, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal challenged Puri to release the details of the meeting to prove his claim.
“Harsimrat sent a dissent note. We have the documents. I dare the Union Minister to make the proceedings of the meeting public,” he said, pointing out that Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar had in a media interview admitted to Harsimrat having raised objections.
Addressing the media here, Puri said: “I was present at the Cabinet meeting. I did not hear her raising any objection though later the Shiromani Akali Dal asked the Union Agriculture Minister to give in writing that the new laws would not end the MSP system. Som Parkashji (Hoshiarpur MP and Union Minister of State for Commerce) was present at that meeting too.” Som Parkash was seated next to Puri at the media briefing.
Emphasising that the minimum support price (MSP) regime would continue, Puri further said that “lies” were being spread that farmers’ land would be “snatched” by big corporates. “Sale, lease or mortgage of farmers’ land is prohibited. Farmers’ land is also protected against any recovery,” he explained.
To counter the Opposition on the farm laws, Puri said Jasmine Sandhu Sandhawalia had been appointed Punjab BJP’s media in charge. Sandhawalia has earlier worked with the SAD media unit and with Congress leader Preneet Kaur.