As the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) completed one year in power in Punjab, the leaders of the Opposition parties and the incumbent government were embroiled in a sharp exchange of words surrounding the government’s performance.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said the State had successfully completed the first lap of unprecedented development in the last one year. He said that the State government was working untiringly, not for forming the next government but for the prosperity of the next generation. He added that unlike the previous governments who did everything for forming the next government, his government was focused largely on the holistic growth of the next generation.
Hitting out at the AAP, Punjab’s Leader of the Opposition, Congress’s Partap Singh Bajwa termed the AAP government’s one-year regime in Punjab as a year of bad governance, pointing out that the under the one-year rule of the AAP State had plunged into an economic mess. Apart from this the law and order situation in Punjab had collapsed completely, he said.
“The government must explain as to what stopped it from providing ₹1000 per month to women above the age of 18, which was the flagship programme of the AAP. Despite hopeless efforts, the sand is still out of reach of the common people. Promises with farmers were not fulfilled. In spite of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s tall claims, suicide among the farmers couldn’t get stopped,” Mr. Bajwa added.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill described the last one year as a “black era” for Punjab and Punjabis. “Misgovernance, complete breakdown of the law and order machinery, unfulfilled poll promises, rampant drug menace, gang wars, illegal mining, liquor policy scam, worsening State economy, corruption, wasteful expenditure, promotion of VIP culture and zero accountability, besides health and education sector in shambles aptly sums up the one-year dreadful tenure of the Bhagwant Mann-led AAP government,” he said in a statement.