Former Ludhiana MP Amrik Singh Aliwal joined the Congress on Wednesday in presence of party president Captain Amarinder Singh. Mahesh Gupta and Gurbans Singh Punia of AAP too joined the party. Aliwal, a former Punjab Agro Industries Corporation chairman, said, “The Badals were running the party like their personal fiefdom, in a completely undemocratic manner, with no concern for the people of the state, who were struggling to make both ends meet. I have witnessed first hand the protection given by the Badals to criminals and miscreants and noted that not a single case had ever been fairly investigated under the Akali rule.”
Welcoming them into the party, Amarinder said Amrik was also a former Youth Akali Dal president and his decision to quit the party and join the Congress indicated the “deep rot” in the Akali Dal under the Badal leadership.
Mahesh Gupta, an AAP ticket aspirant from Jalandhar North and head of the Agrasen Society, Jalandhar, also joined the Congress blaming “corruption and greed” of the AAP leadership, including party chief Arvind Kejriwal, for his decision.
Gurbans Singh Punia, the AAP zone in-charge for Patiala, Ludhiana and Jalandhar and the AAP state finance committee member said the party was not only ignoring volunteers but was also “selling and cancelling tickets for money”.
Capt seeks demonetisation rollback; writes to CJI
Dubbing demonetisation a “complete failure” and its implementation a “total fiasco”, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Wednesday sought its rollback and intervention of chief justice of India and the Punjab and Haryana high court. Amarinder in a letter to the chief justices, urged them to treat his communication as a “public interest petition” and demanded intervention in what he termed as “a clear violation of the people’s fundamental rights”.