Sharpening attack against chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Congress on Saturday demanded his resignation for "lacking courage" to personally pay condolences to the family of the teenaged girl who was killed after being molested and thrown off a moving bus.
"Your son Sukhbir Singh Badal is the deputy chief minister and your daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal is the Union Minister. None of you have the guts to meet the family and assure justice," Punjab Congress President Partap Singh Bajwa alleged in a statement issued here.
"It is the constitutional duty of the chief minister to provide sense of security to every citizen. You have failed to provide that," Bajwa said.
"The horrendous, horrifying and ghastly killing of a young girl belonging to a poor dalit family in broad daylight and that too in the presence of fellow travellers is a shocking example as to how law and order situation has crumbled and the ordinary people are too scared to speak against the goonda elements who have the political patronage," he added.
Continuing his attack on the ruling family, Bajwa said, "your moral weakness show from the fact that your family business and vested interests dominate your politics and governance and are in clash with each other".
Bajwa has pressed for the registration of a case under Section 304 A against Sukhbir Badal and other directors of Orbit Aviation on the pattern of the case registered in case of Nirbhaya, Uber taxi service owners and Upharr Cinema case in Delhi.
Asserting that there could not be two sets of law, he said permits of all bus companies owned by Sukhbir must be cancelled and the buses stopped forthwith from plying in the state.
Bajwa also not spared Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, chastising her for feigning ignorance about the ownership of the bus that belonged to her family and demanded that she should resign for willfully misleading the nation.
Bajwa appealed to all Punjabis to unitedly confront the "oppressive, insensitive, exploitative, degenerate and thoroughly corrupt regime" of the Badals as now it had been proved beyond any doubt that it was a "mafia raj and only law
of the jungle" prevailed in the state.
Punjab Congress further said youth Congress would gherao the Orbit office in Bathinda on May 3 while the company buses would be gheraoed in Mohali on May 4 in the first phase of this agitation to throw out this government.