Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday demanded “immediate dismissal” of the Parkash Singh Badal-led SAD-BJP government, saying that chief minister Badal had turned senile and “does not know what he’s saying”.
He was commenting on a reported statement whereby Badal “advised” people during a programme at in Talwandi Sabo on Thursday to commit robberies to mobilise finances for development works and he (Badal) would protect them from the police by not allowing cases to be registered. Bajwa asserted that Badal had no right to continue in office “after making such a highly objectionable statement”.
In a statement issued here, Bajwa said, “I urged Punjab governor Shivraj Patil to recommend President’s Rule as Badal is not fit to be the head of the government, as evident from this highly irresponsible and objectionable statement. He should better get himself admitted to hospital for getting treated.”
Referring to another comment by Badal about friction within his own family, the PPCC chief said it was “too well-known a fact” that “a power struggle has been going on within the Badal family, and Badal has been under a lot of pressure”.
“I fully sympathise with him, as it becomes very difficult to resist such pressures from within the family,” Bajwa said, claiming that “here’s a chief minister who cannot order transfer of any officer in the Bathinda parliamentary constituency without getting a green signal from his daughter-in-law and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal”.