Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that the Congress government had murdered democracy by supervising the cancellation of more than five hundred nomination papers of SAD candidates for the forthcoming municipal elections.
Talking to newsmen here after addressing ward meetings in the city, Shiromani Akali Dal President said it was unfortunate that the Congress government had become a party to cancellation of the nomination papers of the opposition and had misused civil and police officials for this purpose. “Even the State Election Commission (SEC) has been silenced and has become a mute spectator to the highhandedness being done by Congress legislators and leaders”.
Mr Sukhbir Badal said it was unfortunate that the government was using State agencies to brow beat Shiromani Akali Dal candidates and their supporters. “While the police force is dissuading candidates to withdraw from the fray while citing its helplessness to protect them, civil supply officers as well as health and drug inspectors are carrying out raids on premises of businesses of Shiromani Akali Dal candidates to intimidate them. I warn officers indulging in such malpractices that they will be taken to task once the Shiromani Akali Dal forms a government in the State. We will form a Commission to identify and punish such officers”, he added.
Stating that chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh also could not escape responsibility for the current lawlessness in the State, Mr Badal said the encouragement given to goons would backfire on the State and would prove costly to Punjabis in days to come. He also pointed out that even in open and shut cases like that against the brother in law of Amarinder Singh, ‘Raja Warring’ who had been accused of abetment to suicide the police was extending protection to the accused. “We will take all such cases to their logical conclusion once we form a government in the State”.
Shiromani Akali Dal President also took on local legislator and finance minister Manpreet Badal for befooling the people of the city and doing nothing for them since the last four years. He said the finance minister had made many promises including ensuring the Bathinda Refinery was not wound up and that he would get one industry to the city every month. “Mr Manpreet Badal has not succeeded in implementing even one of these promises even as all development work in the city has come to a standstill under his leadership”.
Speaking about the work done by the SAD, Mr Badal said “we have always been dedicated towards the people. During our ten years in government we made Bathinda model city. The city experienced all round development and institutions with Bathinda mp Harsimrat Kaur Badal playing a key role in getting the AIIMS and the Central University institutions into the city”. He said the under privileged also benefitted due to a number of social welfare schemes started for them under the leadership of S Parkash Singh Badal. He said people had witnessed money being distributed among the people during the SAD led government but now they were witnessing the loot of the masses by Mr Manpreet Badal.