Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa on Wednesday lashed out at deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for the "deteriorating" law and order situation in the state, saying that "if Sukhbir is so busy in taking care of his business in Delhi", he should hand over the home department to "someone who has time."
Criticising the brutal attack on a Ludhiana woman in full public view, Bajwa said, "Punjab is again on the boil… there is no chain of command in the police. Every day someone is being beaten up; fearing the police's rowdyism, no one goes to the police station."
Bajwa was at the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday for the hearing of a case challenging the delimitation of wards for the upcoming panchayat polls.
The PPCC chief said the deputy CM and his wife, Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, kept talking about the Nanhi Chhaan initiative for empowering the girl child, even as atrocities were being committed on women in the state. He said the Ludhiana incident was not the first, adding that the Supreme Court had earlier taken suo motu notice of the thrashing of a woman by policemen in Tarn Taran district.
On Devinderpal Singh Bhullar's death sentence, Bajwa said the Shiromani Akali Dal-led government had earlier filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court terming him a terrorist, but now the Badals were seeking clemency for him.