‘Violent incidents in Assembly an indicator of the situation’
Alleges the State Government,especially the Chief Minister, has no control over the administration
Evokes major response from the people in the border belt during visit
CHANDIGARH: Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has appealed to the Union Government to dismiss the nearly three years old Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance regime in Punjab and impose President’s Rule as “law and order has completely broken down, while communal and religious fundamentalist forces have begun to raise their head”.
Talking to The Hindu after addressing a series of party workers’ meetings in the border districts of Tarn Taran and Amritsar this past week, Captain Singh said the violent incidents in the Assembly on Tuesday were a glaring indicator of the overall scenario in the State.
Captain Singh said the tension following a stand-off with the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, the strife that followed the assassination of a top preacher of the Jalandhar-based Dera Sachkhand in Vienna, the recent clashes involving migrant labour and the anxious moments that followed the stand-off between Sikh groups and the Nur Mahal-based Divya Jyoti Jagran Sansthan (DJJS) indicated that the State Government, especially Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, had no control over the administration.
Commenting on the exchange of blows between MLAs of the ruling Akali Dal and the Opposition, Captain Singh said that it had exposed the levels of intolerance of the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, who apart from being the son of the Chief Minister was also the Home Minister as well as the President of the Akali Dal.
While the power scenario was in dire straits, the alarming financial situation had crippled all development works, the coffers were empty as public burden had climbed and the debt burden on the farmers had risen further.
He said that instead of attending to issues related to the basic survival of the people, the Chief Minister and his son chose to polarise the people and make political capital, conveniently forgetting that similar politics of theirs had plunged Punjab into the era of terrorism in late 1970s.
Regarding his recent State-wide tour, Captain Singh said that it was aimed at accelerating the membership drive, which was yet to pick up.
He expressed concern that while over 52 lakh citizens had caste their votes in favour of the Congress in the recently held Lok Sabha elections, only 10,000 filled up forms had returned to the Pradesh Congress Committee.
He said that while the MPs were expected to remain busy with the Parliament session till the last week of this month, the MLAs would be required for the Assembly proceedings for a couple of days more.
Meanwhile, according to reports and witnesses, Captain Singh once again evoked major response from the people in the border belt.
Though no public rally was organised, the public turned out in large numbers to greet him and shower him with floral petals. Impromptu receptions were organised, where the former Chief Minister halted briefly to listen to the problems of the people.