Former Punjab chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday described the first two months of Congress government in Punjab as the “summer of broken promises, failures, lawlessness, sacrilege, murders and vendetta against political rivals”.
In a statement issued here, Badal alleged that three dozen farmer suicides and a sacrilege (incident) every other day is the highlight of this period during which the government has already thrown all its promises into the dustbin.
“No one expected them to perform miracles which they had promises to perform, but no one expected them to fail so miserably so soon and with such admission of helplessness,” he said.
“Where is ‘Karza kurki khatam’ and ‘Fasal di poori rakam’ and where is “Ik parivar, ik rozgar? Why are sacrilege (incidents) on the increase? Have they controlled drug menace beyond what we had done? Can they name even one thing on which they have even tried to perform seriously to fulfil their promises? In fact, they have even stopped talking about these now,” said Badal.
Terming Amarinder’s rule as ‘jungle raj’, the former CM said there is no rule of law in the state.
“People have been forgotten and all promises made to them have been broken. Punjab already looks like an abandoned state,” he said.
Badal said the only thing that people have seen in these two months is an ugly power struggle and a brazen war of succession in the ruling party.
“This war of succession is sapping all their energies and they have no time or energy left to attend to the problems of the people or issues of governance. There is a chief minister and there are three de facto chief ministers in this government, each trying to prove that he is the real power centre,” said the SAD leader, without naming the three leaders he referred to.
He said he had kept quiet for two months hoping that the new government would at least make a beginning towards fulfilment of its promises and putting an end to the tendency for political violence let loose against Akali workers by the ruling party.