Akali government has failed Punjab, says Preneet Kaur

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2016 15:25 IST
Congress leader Preneet Kaur addressing a gathering in Bathinda on Friday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)

Former minister of state for external affairs and Patiala MLA Preneet Kaur on Friday attacked Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) led Punjab government for failing to maintain law and order and also asked the party workers and leaders to ensure unity ahead of 2017 assembly polls.

Addressing party workers of Bathinda (urban) assembly segment, Preneet Kaur, wife of Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh, said no section of society was satisfied with the Akali-BJP government, since “it has failed on all fronts, including law and order”.

She mentioned the sacrilege incidents and killing of two persons in police firing in Behbal Kalan last year, murder of Chand Kaur, wife of former head of the Namdhari sect late Satguru Jagjit Singh and attack on Sikh religious preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale as evidence that there was no rule of law in the state.

Trained guns at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), she said the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi had increased its publicity budget to Rs 526 crore from Rs 25 crore and the amount was being spent on AAP advertisements in poll-bound Punjab. She said Punjab’s voters could meet the similar fate, if the AAP is voted to power.

On controversy over appointment of Asha Kumari as Punjab Congress affairs in-charge, she said the SAD-BJP and AAP were raking up the issue unnecessarily and Kumari’s appointment was good for the Congress state unit. Over the state’s government using publicity vans for highlighting its works, she said every party had the right to campaign but if the Badal government had worked for people, it wouldn’t have needed the vans.

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