Former member parliament and national spokesman of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Vijay Inder Singla said that every business in Punjab was owned by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders and the Badals in Punjab.
Addressing party workers during the “Congress Liao, Punjab Bachao” campaign in the Rampura Phul assembly segment, Singla said that industry was actually fleeing from the state.
Singla addressed party workers in four rallies at Mehraj, Rampura, Bhai Rupa and Bhagta as part of the Punjab Congress Express campaign. Former MLAs Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon also addressed the gatherings.
“From liquor to stone crushing, monopolies are flourishing in Punjab as SAD leaders run the state like a ‘private limited company’. Among the reasons cited by businessmen for the exodus were the bribes they claim they are compelled to pay,” he said. He criticsed the police lathicharge on protesters in Kothaguru on protesting contractual employees on Wednesday and said that everybody has the right to raise his demands but the SAD-BJP government was crushing the protests using police force. He blamed SAD in the Rampura Phul assembly for using police for targeting political opponents by registering false cases against them and said that state was facing a situation of lawlessness.
EVACUATION SHOWS INCOMPETENE OF GOVTS: MANPREET
MANSA: The Punjab Congress Express, a mini bus customised for campaigning, reached the Budhlada assembly constituency under the leadership of Manpreet Singh Badal, who was accompanied with party MLA Ajaib Singh Bhatti and around seven ticket aspirants from Budhlada.
The leaders visited and held ‘nukkad’ meetings at Birokalan, Hirokhurd, Bachuana and Gurnekalan villages. Criticising the state government, Manpreet said that the evacuation of villages near the Indo-Pak border shows the sheer incompetence of the state and Union governments. “When you face a crisis situation, it is the people in power, who should stand behind you. However, the government has played a cruel joke with the people by asking them to evacuate their villages without any orders from the Border Security Force,” said Manpreet.
The villagers mostly raised the local issues related to law and order situation and highhandedness of Sardar Chatin Singh Samao, SAD MLA from Budhlada. “Chatin Singh and his musclemen have hijacked the entire area. All the projects and police stations are run under his guidance. We have apprised of his actions to the leaders, who have come here,” said one of the attendants of the programme.
Manpreet said that when the Congress would come to power, it would bring a rule of law in the state.