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Congress, AAP hold protest; seek action against Sukhbir, Harsimrat

punjab Updated: May 02, 2015 08:31 IST
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Hindustan Times
Ludhiana

The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday held protests at Baghapurana against the Punjab government over the Moga incident, which left a 13-year-old girl dead, and demanded action against deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union minister Harsimrat Badal.


The protesters held rallies and shouted anti-government slogans outside the police station.

AAP's member of Parliament from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann, who led the protesters, demanded Harsimrat's resignation. He also urged the people of Punjab to join hands against corruption and injustice. Taking a jibe at Harsimrat, he said: "While she is urging people to save the girl child through her Nanhi Chhaan Foundation, her brother Bikram Singh Majithia is killing young boys with cocaine and heroin."

Leading the Congress protest outside the Baghapurana police station, state party chief Partap Singh Bajwa demanded the cancellation of bus permits given to Orbit Aviation throughout the state. He also demanded Harsimrat's resignation from the Union cabinet "for resorting to a white lie by denying any knowledge about the ownership of the Orbit Aviation, whose staff molested and pushed the 13-year-old girl and her mother out of the moving bus."

He also gave a call to gherao Orbit buses in SAS Nagar on May 4 at 11 am. Bajwa and Congress legislature party leader Sunil Jakhar will lead the protest. Both the leaders maintained this would be the first phase of their agitation and would be taken to other districts subsequently.

The Congress chief accompanied by Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Moga Congress chief Darshan Singh Brar and party's kisan and khet mazdoor cell chief Inderjit Singh Zira held a demonstration outside the police station for around three hours.

"Harsimrat should have owned the moral responsibility for the tragedy rather than feigning ignorance about the ownership of Orbit Aviation. Her attitude had only reinforced the impression that her so-called Nanhi Chhaan campaign to save the girl child was nothing but part of her political strategy to consolidate base to enter electoral politics," added Bajwa.

He also urged the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to take a suo-moto notice of the incident and order the government to register a case against deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code.


Ludhiana: The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday held protests at Baghapurana against the Punjab government over the Moga incident, which left a 13-year-old girl dead, and demanded action against deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union minister Harsimrat Badal.


The protesters held rallies and shouted anti-government slogans outside the police station.

AAP's member of Parliament from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann, who led the protesters, demanded Harsimrat's resignation. He also urged the people of Punjab to join hands against corruption and injustice. Taking a jibe at Harsimrat, he said: "While she is urging people to save the girl child through her Nanhi Chhaan Foundation, her brother Bikram Singh Majithia is killing young boys with cocaine and heroin."