Condemning the brutal rape of a four-year-girl at Rama Mandi in Bathinda, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday warned that Punjab was heading towards anarchy as the Akalis, particularly the Badals had given up governance as they were engrossed in other things.
"Every day there are reports of rape and murder in Punjab and the government claims that it was the safest state in the country", he said, while addressing a series of public meetings in villages Landike, Duneke, Sadasinghwala and Thammanwala in support of the party candidate for the ensuing byelection Vijay Sathi.
Blaming the chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy chief minister son Sukhbir Badal for the lawlessness and anarchy, he said, while the senior Badal had virtually given up, Sukhbir had left it entirely to his brother-in-law Bikram Singh Majithia who had unleashed goonda-raj in Punjab. "With the result", he added, "not only the common people even policemen were feeling insecure".
He pointed out as how a police official was brutally killed in Amritsar by an Akali leader just because he objected to the attempts of eve-teasing of his daughter and how those who killed him were shouting slogans in support of Bikram Majithia. He said, in another shameful incident a close aide of Bikram Majithia beat up an AIG in Ludhiana. Besides, he said, another Akali leader again with Majithia’s patronage abducted a young girl from her house in Faridkot.
As if that was enough, Capt Amarinder said, there were daily reports of rape and murder and today everybody woke up to the shocking and shameful news of a four-year-old being raped in Bathinda. He said, this was because the Badals were interested more in enriching themselves by way of grabbing transport, sand, liquor and cable business than governance.
The former chief minister warned people against getting misled once again. He said the Akalis had cheated them earlier also and now they had joined hands with Joginderpal Jain to cheat them again. "Beware you don’t allow yourself to be cheated again", he warned while urging them to vote for Vijay Sathi who was a scrupulously honest person with a neat and clean image.
Others present on the occasion included Vijay Sathi, Rana Gurjeet Singh, Milkiat Singh Birmi, Darshan Singh Brar, Jeet Mohinder Sidhu, Karanpal Sekhon, Major Amardeep, Sonu Dhesi, Jagdeep Sidhu, Jaspal Dhillon, Pawan Dewan and others.