Reacting to the alleged threat by former state minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sucha Singh Langah to Gurdaspur district development and panchayat officer (DDPO) Jagwinderjit Singh Sandhu, Aam Admi Party (AAP) Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur on Tuesday said SAD's practice of appointing defeated party leaders as halqa incharges is the root cause behind such incidents.
"These halqa incharges threaten government officials to elicit undue favours and indulge in gross interference in public administration," he said while talking to Hindustan Times.
Langah had lost Punjab Vidhan Sabha election from Dera Baba Nanak assembly constituency in 2012 and is halqa incharge of the party from there.
Chhotepur said that it was indeed ironic that defeated party candidates were feted more by the officialdom in Punjab than in any other state of the country because there was absolutely a planned assault on the democratic institutions.
He said the halqa incharge had no official/constitutional standing but had maximum gains.
Chhotepur said that a halqa incharge always hovers in his area while "negotiating, threatening, wheeling-dealing and liaisoning".
He said that the ruling party actually wanted to punish those voters who voted against its candidates while rewarding its supporters. He said the SAD was coercing and arm-twisting its opponents so as to subjugate them and crush their political will to oppose the ruling coalition. He said that very few honest and upright officers were left in the echelons of officialdom and it was very unfortunate that even those were being abused and threatened by these "nobodies in the official chain of working".
He told that it was indeed very demoralising for the honest and non-corrupt employees who were feeling unsafe and threatened by such politicians.
Meanwhile, the AAP leader appealed to the governor to take note of these red-beacon flaunting halqa inchrages and impose an effective ban on their "nefarious activities".