The Punjab Congress has decided to stage protests at all district headquarters on January 5, demanding dismissal of the Shiromani Akali Dal - Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) government in the state “for inciting people against the security forces which amounts to anti-national activities.”
In a statement here, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa said the protests were in retaliation to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal’s decision to hold dharnas on the sensitive International Border with Pakistan.
The PPCC chief demanded that Sukhbir be booked under Section 124a of the IPC for sedition.
The SAD has planned dharnas on January 12 along the Indo-Pak border in Punjab “to create awareness and sensitivity among the masses against drug menace”. Sukhbir had earlier announced that the dharnas were against the BSF but chief minister Parkash Singh Badal later denied the same.
“The dharnas will lead to public disorder and incite violence at the already tense Indo-Pak border. The party will submit a memorandum to every deputy commissioner to be forwarded to the country’s President, demanding President’s rule,” Bajwa said.
He alleged that SAD wanted to incite violence and disturb law and order with an intention to divert public attention from the complicity of revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia in the `6,000-crore drug scam.
“Majithia harboured international criminals in his official capacity as a minister and provided them with patronage, security and support,” Bajwa said.