Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday hailed the Congress Legislature Party's (CLP's) decision to bring in a "no-confidence motion" against the Akali-BJP government in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, saying that the state government had lost the confidence of the people and it had no right to stay in power any more.
In a statement issued here, Amarinder also asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to go beyond its symbolic dissent against the government by way of making "hoax and hollow" statements.
"This is the time to practise what you preach and support the Congress on the no-confidence motion," he told the BJP, adding that, "If you fail to do so, you will stand exposed that you say one thing and do quite another and you are greedily glued to power."
The former chief minister said while drug trade and trafficking was the most important issue, there were some other pressing and urgent issues on which the Akali-BJP government had totally failed and which called for urgent attention, such as the economic slide, with the state virtually going bankrupt and treasuries empty, unemployment on the rise, and crime increasing unhindered.
He pointed out that so many ministers in the state government had to be removed for all the wrong reasons, while a few more were waiting to be removed for the same reasons.
"It will be in the fitness of things for chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to make a graceful exit right away rather than being shown the door, with more skeletons certain to tumble out of his government's cupboard," he remarked.