Cong govt oppressing common man by trying to stop aata –daal scheme and increasing power rates – Sukhbir Badal
(Urges party workers to approach SAD committee formed to fight false cases)
(Questions present day silence of Daduwal and Mand)
Moga, July 12 – Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the Congress government was oppressing the common man by trying to stop the ‘aata-daal’ scheme and affecting steep hike in power charges, even as he asserted that the Congress had committed the biggest sacrilege by attacking Sri Harmadar Sahib with tanks and mortars.
Addressing a massive dharna here organized by former minister Jathedar Tota Singh, the SAD President said there were widespread reports that ‘blue cards’ necessary to avail ‘aata-daa’ scheme were being denied to SAD supporters and that this was part of a Congress conspiracy to close down the scheme. He urged the people to give details of this and assured them that all such dishonest practices in the implementation of the ‘aata-daal’ scheme would be brought to the notice of the central government for necessary action. He said the party would also fight the MNREGA mafia running in the State which was siphoning off central funds. He said a raid by a central team in Faridkot recently had exposed the MNREGA mafia being run in Punjab by Congress leaders in collusion with corrupt officials.
Speaking on the power issue, Mr Badal said the Congress government had increased power tariff repeatedly by almost 25 to 30 per cent during the last two and half years. He said besides these farmers and urbanites were facing hardship due to repeated power cuts. “We demand the inhuman increase in power rates be reviewed and reduced immediately and farmers be supplied uninterrupted power for the remaining part of the paddy season”.
The SAD President also raised the issue of political vendetta against Akali workers and informed them that the party had formed a committee headed by mp Balwinder Singh Bhundur which would address all false cases registered against Akali workers. He said police officials should not become party to any personal vendetta by Congress workers or they would also have to face action as per law.
Speaking about incidents of sacrilege which were being committed in the Congress regime, Mr Badal said “no genuine Sikh could indulged in such heinous acts and prayed that anyone doing so should meet the worst end possible”. He also expressed concern about the studious silence of self styled leaders Baljit Singh Daduwal and Dhyan Singh Mand on issues which exposed the Congress government. “The very fact that the leaders were silent when the Congress government tried to take out the history of the Gurus and Sikhism from history books and on recent cases of sacrilege indicate that they are controlled by chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and speak only on his command”.
Speaking on the issue of drug overdose deaths, former minister Maheshinder Singh Grewal said 218 youth had died due to drug overdose during Congress regime even as 2270 farmers had committed suicide after the Congress government reneged on its promise to implement the Rs 90,000 crore farm loan waiver.
Senior leader Balwinder Singh Bhundur said far from implementing wow in the name of Dashmesh Pita, the chief minister was presiding over a severe increase in drug trafficking and now drugs were being delivered at home. Former mp Prem Singh Chandumajra said people had been left to suffer during the heat with Power minister Navjot Singh Sidhu missing from the State. Former minister Gulzar Singh Ranike said SC students continued to suffer with the Congress government not releasing SC scholarship funds. Senior leader Jagmeet Brar said the Congress was taking the State back.
Other leaders present on the occasion included Teerath Singh Malha and Barjinder Singh Makhan Brar.