The Aam Admi Party will not let any farmer die by suicide in Punjab from April 1, 2022, party convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday.
"Today, I can assure you that after April 1, after the AAP-government is formed in Punjab, we will not let any farmer die by suicide. We will do anything for it. I promise you that," he said while interacting with farmers at Mansa.
Kejriwal, who is on a two-day visit to Punjab, said if his party comes to power in the state, crop loss compensation will be credited to the account of each affected farmer and labourer by April 30.
"When a farmer commits suicide, I feel disheartened. Even after 70 years of independence, farmers are forced to commit suicide but other parties and leaders are not affected by it. If these leaders had such compassion, the country's farmers, farm labourers and all agriculture-dependent businesses would not have been facing such crises," the chief minister said.
Kejriwal attacked his Punjab counterpart Charnjit Singh Channi, saying he was quick to have pictures clicked with farmers who suffered losses due to pink bollworm but failed to give them the due compensation.
"Stop imitating the 'common man' Channi sahib; we fulfil the promises we make. Sit with the farmers to understand the loss incurred; compensation of mere Rs 8,000 is not enough," he said.
He claimed that in Delhi, his government had given farmers more than their cost of production, which was Rs 18,000 to Rs 20,000 per acre.
AAP leaders Jarnail Singh, Raghav Chadha, Harpal Singh Cheema and Bhagwant Singh Mann had accompanied Kejriwal as he heard problems of farmers.