Former Punjab chief minister and senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal slammed Badal led government on Sunday for misgovernance and rampant corruption within state administration. She said law and order has collapsed completely in the state adding that crime against woman has shown considerable increase in the state.
Kicking of campaigning in Sangrur, Bhattal said even though Akali leader and his son, who slapped a pregnant nurse at a private hospital in a Moga hospital, had been arrested, their behaviour towards a woman while discharging her duty was shameful. ‘‘Akalis have no respect for the dignity of women and they consider themselves to be above law,’’ she said.
She along with Congress leader Manpreet Singh Badal and party MLA Mohammad Sadique visited Ghorenab, Mandvi, Naya Gaon and Gulari villages in the district.
Bhattal said development in the state has come to halt and state has suffered immensely in terms of industrial and agro-growth as a result economy of the state has become worse.
She alleged that Badals during their rule of ten years have only filled their own pockets. The financial condition of state has crippled as state is under heavy debt-trap as debt has gone beyond Rs 1.30 lakh crores, she said.
The former chief minister said under Badal government, atrocities have increased against weaker sections who feel that they are not getting justice. She said Congress has always been in forefront to take up the cause and welfare of weaker sections
Hitting out at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bhattal said AAP has no agenda for the state. She said AAP was merely doing tantrums to make its presence felt in the state and people of the state could not be fooled by such ‘drama’ as they know that only Congress is the viable alternative and can bring growth in state.
Bhattal said if Congress comes to power its top priority would be to strengthen farming community and push industrial growth at fast pace to ensure that youth of the state gets employment and work. She said party would also give priority and frame its policies for upliftment of small farmers, having marginal land holdings.