Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday warned that President's rule can be imposed in Punjab. He said, the state was heading towards financial emergency and law and order was deteriorating day by day.
Addressing an impressive rally organised on the occasion of Maghi Mela here, Capt Amarinder asked the Akalis that not to take it for granted that they will be there for another four years. He said, the law and order situation in the state was deteriorating and finances were in a mess. He said, under these circumstances President's rule cannot be ruled out.
Blaming the chief minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal for the mess, the PCC chief said that while the revenue minister and youth Akali Dal president Bikram Majithia was to be blamed for the goonda-raj in Punjab, it was actually Badal's responsibility to tame him. "If Badal wants he can rein them all", he said.
Capt Amarinder also ridiculed the CM claims of having spent 17 years in jail. He disclosed that once Badal had been lodged in a holiday home in Dehradun where he had all the luxuries of life.
He alleged that Badal deliberately provoked people and then got himself jailed and lodged in some good guest house. Once the situation got normal he would come out and claim that he suffered so much in jail, which was not the case, he alleged.
Appealing Congress leaders and workers to get united for the Moga by-elections, the PPCC chief said that it was a golden chance for teaching the Akalis a lesson. He said he will be himself camping at Moga to mark the end od Akalis rule.
Addressing the rally, former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal exhorted upon the party workers to fight against the Akalis. She said, the Congress leaders had a history of sacrifices and they had fought against all odds.
The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar lashed out at the chief minister for betraying the farmers. He said, despite claiming himself to be the guardian of farmers he had let them down.
He disclosed that before the elections Badal had provided free tubewell connections to farmers with less than five acres of land and now these connections were being withdrawn.
Accusing Badals of betraying the people of Punjab, Congress Working Committee member Jagmeet Brar said it was shocking that the Badals had never demanded any train service for Punjab to watch and safeguard their own transport interests in the state.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Union railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, Rana Sodhi, Kikki Dhillon, Karan Brar, Raja Warring, Gurdas Girdhar, Parminder Pinky, Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Ajit Inder Singh Mofar, Joginder Panjgraian, Sukhjinder Randhawa, Mohammad Sadiq, Ajit Shant, Gurpreet Kangar, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Sardool Singh and others.