Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa has held chief minister Parkash Singh Badal morally responsible for the immolation bid of an unemployed woman, Gurpreet Kaur from Gurdaspur, in front of Badal's residence here on Friday.
Bajwa, in a statement here, said the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP had promised to take effective steps to end unemployment in the state. The BJP, in its Lok Sabha poll manifesto and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his election speeches, had been referring to this serious problem and "selling dreams to the unemployed", Bajwa stated.
"It is time for you (Badal) to do some introspection as how many promises have been implemented by your alliance government. Your son and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal has been talking of taking the state to a higher tangent of development. Both of you need to explain to the people about the inexcusable failure of your government to govern. Your government is a symbol of total corruption and non-governance," he added.
He said the problem of unemployment was multiplying every day and the number of unemployed in the state might be in lakhs. "The apathy of the Badal government to such a grave situation (of this self-immolation bid) is just criminal," Bajwa said, calling upon Badal to own moral responsibility for the incident.
He said that on Thursday, a woman wailed before the CM during his sangat darshan, but he did not even have time to give a serious hearing to her grievances.
"While the state is passing through a severe crisis on all fronts, Badal is squandering the taxpayer's money in sangat darshan in his typical feudal style. This is a classic case of Nero fiddling while Rome burned," he added.