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HindustanTimes Wed,03 Sep 2014

LS results in Punjab show 'volcano
of anti-incumbency': Tandon

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 24, 2014
First Published: 22:59 IST(24/5/2014) | Last Updated: 23:28 IST(24/5/2014)

Veteran BJP leader Balramji Dass Tandon on Saturday came out all guns blazing over the SAD-BJP's performance in Punjab in the Lok Sabha polls. While the BJP has virtually swept the country, the coalition could not make a sweep in the state and the SAD has been getting the bulk of the blame.

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Tandon said the results - SAD-BJP got six, Congress three and the AAP got all its four seats here - showed "a volcano of anti-incumbency against the SAD-BJP government in the state, resulting in the victory of even AAP candidates".

On the drug menace, over which an Akali minister has already resigned, Tandon said, "Whereas some political persons are directly involved in this racket, others are patronising police officers who give dividend to them. Had the police force been given clear instructions to deal with all such elements professionally… the situation could never have come to this."

Tandon termed the victory of four MPs on AAP ticket from Punjab as "very alarming" for the SAD-BJP: "Strangely enough, no fifth candidate of the AAP has won from any other state, not even from Delhi where they had formed the government only a few months ago… This result from Punjab speaks a lot in itself, and requires very careful and thoughtful analysis."

The issue of lawlessness has also been a long-standing allegation against the SAD's youth wing in particular. Hence, on a day when state BJP chief Kamal Sharma also noted the need to "come clean" on issues like drugs and sand mining mafia, Tandon was particularly ballistic over the law and order situation. "The reason for it is that the 'halqa (constituency) incharges' (whether MLA or defeated candidates of the ruling party) were given unlimited power in their respective police stations and also with district police officers," he said. "The SHOs are showing overwhelming zeal in carrying out the orders of such halqa incharges, and taking personal interest in resolving their issues. On the other hand, the same police officers are dealing roughly in all other cases, in their traditional way," Tandon added, in a statement issued here.

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