February 24, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh/ Punjab (February 24, 2014): Farmers settled in Kutch remain doubtful of Narendra Modi’s assurance that they will not be evicted from their land. Speaking at the Jagroan rally yesterday (Feb. 23), Gujrat Chief Minister and an aspirant to the post of Indian Prime Minister had said that vested interests were spreading canards in this regard, while maintaining that no Sikh farmer shall be evicted from Gujrat state.
It may be recalled that the Sikh farmers, allotted land in the Kutch region of Gujarat in the sixties, were sent eviction notices by the Gujarat Government. The notices were challenged by the farmers in the Gujarat High Court that gave a verdict in their favour. But the Modi Government filed an SLP (Special Leave Petition) in the Supreme Court against the order.
Narendra Modi failed to deliver any word regarding withdrawal of SPL form the Supreme Court of India.
Lachhman Singh Brar, who lives in Bhuj district, reportedly said they would be relieved only if the Modi Government withdrew the SLP.
According to The Tribune: Dr Ajaib Singh, member, National Commission for Minorities, said assurances alone would not suffice. The Gujarat Government would have to withdrew the SLP to win over the Kutch farmers’ trust.
Farmers Prithi Singh, Mohan Singh, Bhajan Singh, Jasbir Singh, Naib Singh and Harnam Singh said Narendra Modi should instruct his revenue officials to withdraw the government appeal.
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