Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday staged a protest at Sahnewali village in Mansa, demanding compensation for the family of cotton grower Shingara Singh, who committed suicide on December 5, after his crop was damaged in the whitefly attack.
Leaders, including Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Sanjay Singh, Durgesh Pathak and Baljinder Kaur addressed a gathering of around 1000 people, including the victim’s family and took repeated barbs at the SAD-BJP government for the current turmoil in the state.
While criticising the Badal family, Sanjay Singh said Badal (synonym cloud) has now turned into a cloud of corruption, nepotism and anarchy in the state. The leaders extended their support for the family and later submitted a memorandum to an official of the revenue department, demanding immediate distribution of `10 lakh to the aggrieved family of Shangara Singh.
The party leaders also demanded that the dysfunctional reverse osmosis (RO) system should be replaced in order to avert the rising cases of cancer in the village. Sanjay Singh said the party would intensify the protest across the state and on March 6, the party would gherao the state government in Chandigarh.
‘Swaraj Abhiyan copying our moves’
On being asked whether Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj Abhiyan has stolen the march over AAP by planning to file a petition in the Supreme Court regarding farmer suicide in the region, Sucha Singh said certain political parties were merely following their steps in order to address the suicide issue. “We are also providing legal assistance to the families of the aggrieved farmers. Some political parties are simply trying to copy our schemes and plan of action,” he said.
‘Capt Amarinder has changed his tune’
While responding to the claims of Captain Amarinder Singh, who had repeatedly termed AAP as a party which lacked experience of governance, Sucha Singh said Captain himself earned the top position in state Congress by holding the high command to ransom. “He often conveyed to the high command (in Congress) that if he would be denied the top position in the party, AAP will make clean sweep in the assembly elections. Now if his tunes have changed after being given the charge of party affairs, what can we do about it?”
On BJP MP Kirti Azad’s expulsion from the party, Sanjay Singh said the internal dissent within the party showed that BJP was silencing those who were speaking against corrupt activities.
Asked whether AAP had shown a similar treatment to two of its members of parliament, namely Dharamvira Gandhi and Harendra Khalsa, Sanjay Singh defended party’s action and said unlike BJP none of the suspended MPs from AAP had leveled charges of corruption against the party.