Expelled from the Punjab Congress, former MP Jagmeet Singh Brar and former state deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh joined hands on Tuesday to ‘expose’ the “power-sharing pact between chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh”.
“The Badal and Captain families have a secret tie-up to loot Punjab. I invite Bir Devinder to join me in exposing them,” Jagmeet Brar said during a press conference at the house of the former deputy speaker. Bir Devinder said he would join Brar’s May 21 rally in protest against dynastic rule and mafia-politician nexus but couldn’t promise to join any party.
In 2010, Bir Devinder had joined the People’s Party of Punjab in a similar movement and fallen apart with it after the 2012 elections. Both Brar and Bir Devinder had termed their sacking from the Congress “undemocratic” and claimed that they had gone unheard. “By removing us from the party, Amarinder has put the last nail in his coffin,” said Bir Devinder.
They said a lot depended on the 2017 Punjab elections to end the dynastic rule in Punjab. “While Captain is opposing the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) probe into the Jagdish Bhola drug case, the Badal family is reciprocating by delaying the proceedings in the Amritsar Improvement Trust and Ludhiana Improvement Trust embezzlement cases. This shows their deal to share power and befool Punjabis,” said Brar.
Brar invites Bains brothers, Bolaria
Brar said he had met the Bains brothers of Ludhiana and planned to approach Akali rebel Inderbir Singh Bolaria to bring them into his “movement to save Punjab from Captain and Badal”. He said on May 21, he would also give financial help to the widows of farmers who had committed suicide.