Political temperature may run high at the Muktsar Maghi Mela on January 13, with the Sanjha Morcha, including the People's Party of Punjab (PPP), gearing up for a show of strength.
Manpreet Singh Badal, president of the PPP, has made ground for the game already by calling for de-politicisation of the police. Only the Indian Police Service (IPS) officers should call shot in the district, he stated here on Thursday.
"At the state headquarters in Chandigarh, the Punjab government has 97 senior Indian Police Serivce (IPS) officers who do little meaningful work," said Manpreet, Who is also chairman of the Sanjha Morcha alliance. "Most of these senior IPS officers should serve as district police chiefs to minimise the political influence on the force," he added.
Police officers of the level of assistant sub-inspector were being made investigating officers, while this was a job of at least superintendent-level officers who should be from the IPS, said the PPP leader.
As long as the police were not de-politicised, people could not get fair investigations, he said. He was here along with other senior leaders of the morcha-constituent parties to mobilise support for the Maghi Mela rally, which will be on Janurary 13 at Muktsar.
"Our Maghi Mela rally will be bigger than the parallel events of the Congress and ruling Shiromani Akali Dal," said Manpreet. On Thursday, Manpreet addressed a public gathering at Lal Singh Dharmshala, Dogar Basti, in Faridkot.
Commenting on the Moga legislator's joining the SAD, he said his reason to switch was frivolous and he didn't deserve to be re-elected. He said his party would also fight the Moga by-elections.
He was also asked about the fiscal health and development of the state. "When a handful of people accumulate all the wealth, countless remain with nothing, which is what has happened in Punjab," he said. "Corruption has led to all problems. Punjab has turned into a heap of ash, and we are trying to find a glowing coal in this mound to light a flame."
In spite of all the Akali claims, the Sanjha Morcha continued to exist, said Manpreet. "The CM and his family had earned the reputation of Mughal tyrants," said Raghunath, a senior leader of the Communist Party of India. Morcha leaders Jagroop Singh, Pawanpreet Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Pardeep Singh and Amarjeet Kaur were present.