Former Bholath MLA and senior Congress leader Sukhpal Khaira on Tuesday dared deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal to expel convicted leaders from their party, to implement his (Sukhbir's) suggestion of weeding out criminals from political parties in true spirit.
"What Badals preach and what they practice are contrary to each other. On one hand, Sukhbir is suggesting other political parties to weed out criminals from their parties, while on the other hand, they keep mum on Bibi Jagir Kaur and Jathedar Tota Singh." Khaira said.
"He should first expel Bibi Jagir Kaur and Jathedar Tota Singh, who have been convicted for five years, and a year rigorous imprisonment respectively, by the courts. They both have filed appeals before the high court but their convictions have not been stayed, hence as on date their status is that of criminal convicts," he added.
"Law and order in Punjab has taken a severe bearing with criminals having political connections ruling the roost in the state. Only recently Rana Ranjit Singh, then general secretary of Akali Dal killed a police officer in broad daylight. Earlier, Nishan Singh an Akali goon had the audacity to abduct a minor girl on gunpoint in Faridkot," Khaira said, adding that, "All these incidents indicate that Akali 'Goondas' consider themselves above law in the state".
"With such kind of atrocities by Akali leaders on rise, in which capacity does Sukhbir, while speaking to media persons on Monday, suggests weeding out criminals from all political parties," he said adding that, "The onus to lead by example lies with the ruling party."
"Contrary to Sukhbir's suggestions, CM on his official visit to Bholath on 11th December shared dais with a criminal in a public meeting. By doing so, the CM in-fact eulogised criminals sending a very negative signal to our youth that many more Ranjit Singh Rana's and Nishan Singh's are likely to take to crime," Khaira said.