Senior leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and leader of opposition in the Punjab assembly, advocate HS Phoolka, has said that no MLA or leader of the party will use a beacon on their vehicles, besides claiming only “necessary perks”.
He said this on Friday after paying a courtesy visit to chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh at latter’s residence in Chandigarh.
In a statement, Phoolka said he “reminded” the chief minister of making his ministers going by example in putting an end to VIP culture by shunning red beckon on their official vehicles as promised by the ruling party in its poll manifesto.
Phoolka said people of Punjab were suffering due to the VIP culture, which was at its height during the SAD-BJP regime.
‘Countdown to curb drugs in 30 days begins’
On curbing drugs in Punjab, he said, “Captain Amarinder had taken an oath in Bathinda with Gutka Sahib in his hands that drugs will be wiped out of Punjab within four weeks of coming to power. The countdown for the task has begun.”
“I am sure that the CM will curb drugs by April 16, when the deadline for the promise of sending all drug peddlers behind bars within 30 days after assuming power ends,” he said. He said AAP will co-operate with the CM in this task. “Everybody in Punjab knows who were behind the drug supplies in Punjab and now Captain should dare to take action against the identified and unidentified drug lords,” he said.
The AAP leader also appealed to Amarinder to arrange staff and medicines in the de-addiction centres for rehabilitation of the youths hooked to drugs.
Captain Amarinder said he was happy to receive the leader of the opposition and looked forward to AAP’s support in the House to ensure that all important legislations are passed with consensus so that development is carried forward full steam. He expressed the hope that AAP will play the role of a constructive opposition to help the government in the implementation of its progressive agenda for Punjab.