AAP leaders slam SAD-BJP govt

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Sep 28, 2014 23:19 IST

Accusing the SAD-BJP government of spreading 'gunda raj' in Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on Sunday asserted that the party would leave no stone unturned to wipe out the "corrupt" government from the state in the next assembly polls in 2017.

Addressing a state-level programme organised by the AAP to pay tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his birth anniversary at his native village Khatkar Kalan, the party leaders also took oath that they would provide corruption-free government in Punjab if they come to power in the state.

"In fact, the people of Punjab are fed up with the corrupt policies of both the SAD-BJP combine and the Congress and are looking towards AAP to resolve their problems. Time has come to leave everything else behind and bring the entire state under the umbrella of AAP," said party's state convenor Sucha Singh Chottepur.

AAP MP from Sangrur, Bhagwant Mann criticised the government over the issues of flourishing sand mafia, drug trade and the alleged monopoly of the Punjab's first family in the transport sector and food business.

"Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal and his brother-in-law Bikram Majithia are responsible for the ongoing loot in the state since they have their own interests in every business of the state. Look at the arrogance of the SAD high command that they are still not ready to work for the people even after facing an embarrassing defeat in the Lok Sabha polls. Unemployment is increasing in state, youth is getting hooked to drugs and the condition of the state schools and the dispensaries is pathetic", said Mann.

AAP leader HS Phoolka alleged that Badals have always exploited the issue of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots for political dividends. "The NDA has assumed power at the Centre but so far nothing has been done to punish the guilty of 1984 riots. Badal owes an explanation to the victim families", he said.

AAP national executive member Naveen Jaihind described the SAD-BJP government as a "father-son regime".
During the programme, AAP leaders also honoured Paramjit Kaur, Bhagat Singh's niece, and Narsher Singh Garewal, nephew of Kartar Singh Sarabha.

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Anandita Mitra paid floral tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh at the Bhagat Singh Memorial Park and Museum.

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