A drama took place at Rajindra hospital on Wednesday evening as 84 nurses were released from Nabha and Patiala jails just before the scheduled arrival of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at the hospital in order to puncture his support for the arrested nursing staff.
These nurses were arrested on November 16 after the president of the state’s nurses and ancillary staff union Karamjeet Kaur jumped into the Bhakra canal while demanding full pay scales and other allowances after regularisation of jobs.
On November 17, the local police booked Kaur and three others for attempting to commit suicide.
Ever since their arrest, the local administration and hospital authorities were on their toes as both Congress and Aam Aadmi party (AAP) came out in open support of these nurses.
The police were quick to release them as AAP chief Kejriwal met the colleagues of arrested nurses at the hospital and came down heavily on Parkash Singh Badal-led state government against last week’s crackdown on the nursing staff.
“It was the most inhumane and insensitive act by the government to keep the nurses in the jail for the last one week even as one of them was 8 months pregnant,” said Kejriwal.
He said instead of putting corrupt politicians in jail, Badal government was muzzling the voice of unemployed teachers and innocent nurses for opposing the state government.
Demanding withdrawal of cases against them, Kejriwal said their party was for the common man’s welfare and would give them regular jobs with full allowances once they form their government in Punjab.
AAP’s member of Parliament Bhagwant Mann too slammed the Badals and said that common man had suffered tremendously under their last 10 years of rule.
On Tuesday, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh had also demanded the withdrawal of the cases against them.
‘KEJRIWAL IS HITLER’
Punjab finance minister, Parminder Singh Dhindsa compared Kejriwal with Adolf Hitler. “Kejriwal is doing negative politics in India and his politics is based on false propaganda,” the minister said.
He further said, “Delhi CM is silent on SYL issue but he should clear his stance on the matter so that people of the state come to know about his anti Punjab policies”.