Lashing out at Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa has challenged chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to either perform or quit his job.
He alleged that the mafia was ruling the state. Addressing a mass contact rally at Dharamkot in district Moga on Sunday, Bajwa said that Punjab was close to become a 'Banana Republic' due to the anarchy in a government created by the Badal family.
"The SAD-BJP government has failed in maintaining law and order leaving people to suffer in the hands of criminals. Rampant corruption plagues the system and the economy is in a shambles," said Bajwa.
Bajwa strongly opposed the reckless borrowing and sale of public properties by SAD-BJP government to clear its debt, pay salaries of staff and day to day other expenses and reiterated a demand to impose financial emergency in the state.
He said that selling government properties was fraud with the people of Punjab and also an unethical and unprofessional practice.
PPCC chief said, "SAD-BJP government had already sold properties of Punjab Tourism
Corporation at throw-away price to its favorites and has now begun to mortgage land and buildings owned by Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA)."
"PUDA has been asked to raise Rs 1,000 crore against its properties. The government has also borrowed Rs 3,500 crore from the market," he added.
"I would take up the issue of sale of government properties by SAD-BJP government with the union government as well as President of India and apprise them about economic mess in created by present government. Governance was the last thing on the agenda of CM who has other priorities in mind. Actually, Badal had lost control over administration and also shielding the corrupt ministers in his cabinet," said PPCC chief.
Bajwa said CM had given clean chit to former agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah in seed subsidy scandal, Gulzar Singh Ranike in embezzlement of rural development fund scam.
"Education minister Sikandar Singh Maluka who makes headlines in one or the other scam was given clean chit in bungling of purchase of books, practical books and science kits. Maluka's name has now figured in another scam of recruitment of PTI teachers who never applied for the job," said Bajwa.
Others who addressed the rally included SGPC member Sukhjit Singh Kaka, Faridkot Lok Sabha constituency in-charge Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Harminder Singh Gill, PPCC secretary Dr Harjot Kamal, MLA Parminder Singh Pinli, MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Waring and former MLA Darshan Singh Brar.