CHANDIGARH: Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu and former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh slugged it out on Twitter on Thursday after Sidhu accused the latter of being the “architect” of the Centre’s three farm laws. Amarinder hit back, saying that Sidhu was trying to pass off the crop diversification programme as linked to the farm laws. “The Architect of 3 Black Laws … Who brought Ambani to Punjab’s Kisani … Who destroyed Punjab’s Farmers, Small traders and Labour for benefiting 1-2 Big Corporates !!” tweeted Sidhu. Sidhu also tweeted a compilation of old videos of Amarinder where he is talking about having roped in the Ambanis for the ‘field to fork’ programme wherein Mukesh Ambani will provide seeds and then buy the produce from the farmers straight from the fields to be sold at its 98,000 outlets across the country. It also has a picture of Amarinder with union home minister Amit Shah. Amarinder hit back at Sidhu. “What a fraud and cheat you are! You’re trying to pass off my 15-year-old crop diversification initiative as connected with Farm Laws against which I’m still fighting and with which I’ve linked my own political future!” He was quoted in a tweet by his media adviser Raveen Thukral. ‘It’s obvious Navjot Sidhu you’re clueless about Punjab’s & its farmers’ interests. You clearly don’t know the difference between diversification & what the Farm Laws are all about. And yet you dream of leading Punjab. How dreadful if that ever happens!” said Amarinder adding, “And it’s hilarious Navjot Sidhu that you’ve chosen to post this video at a time when Punjab Congress govt is going all out to promote its upcoming Progressive Punjab Investors’ Summit. Or are you opposed to that too?” Amarinder has been under fire from the Congress leader ever since he announced his decision to launch a new party while hinting at pre-alliance with the BJP, subject to favourable solution to the farmers’ agitation.

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