Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is going to organise a 100 km bicycle rally from Ludhiana to Chandigarh on March 29 and 30 against the VIP culture in Punjab. The rally, which will be led by AAP leader HS Phoolka, also aims at sensitising the people to their rights.
During a press conference at a hotel on Durgri Road on Sunday, the AAP members said that it was shocking and surprising that a hefty amount of money was being spent on the VVIPs, whereas large numbers of government staff are not even paid their salaries for many months.
Phoolka said AAP was strictly against the VIP culture in Punjab. “As per information collected from various sources including RTIs and affidavits submitted in the courts, it has been seen that on an average, cops are deployed in the services of every VIP in the state. In Punjab, there are 1,294 VIPs who are being guarded by 4,121 police personnel.
Remaining 7,758 persons are there for serving 2.7 crore people. Around Rs 9.28 crore is being spent annually for the VIP security outside Punjab,” he said.
“At present, Punjab chief minister's entourage is the largest in the country and is even bigger than that of the prime minister. It has 40 vehicles including one Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Camrys, 7 Toyota Innova, 8 ambassadors and 2 police Gypsies. Toyota Land Cruiser mounted with mobile jammers, fire brigade vehicles and health vans are also there. As a matter of fact, Badal family is being guarded by 900 police personnel and NSG commandos and CISF security,” Phoolka said.
The party said every MLA in Punjab gets four gunmen, MPs get six gunmen, cabinet minister 16 and a CPS is permitted 11 gunmen. The party seeks 12% interest on the delayed salary payments.
Commenting on the union budget, Phoolka said, “It was disappointing as it would affect Punjab industry and nothing was done for farmers.”