Punjab convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Sucha Singh Chhotepur said there was no rule of law in Punjab where the dignity of women was at stake.
Addressing a rally at Nakodar on Friday, Chhotepur alleged the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had appointed its members who lost the elections as area in-charge and they were selling the posts of station house officers, block development officers and naib tehsildars.
He alleged that the SAD leaders were violating the Supreme Court and high court directions on the use of red beacons atop their vehicles and were encroaching upon properties of the residents by using force.
He said AAP had emerged as an alternative to the misrule of the SAD in the state. "Akalis have ruled the state for 22 years and the Congress for 40 years. Yet, the sufferings of the common man persist."
"Give AAP a chance to serve and you will see a change. The SAD has turned into SAD private limited company whose leaders are using the Panth to remain in power," Chhotepur added.
Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh said the SAD-BJP government was shielding the mafia. He said if voted to power in the 2017 assembly polls, the AAP government would eliminate the drug and gun culture from the state. "The turnout in today's rally is indicative of AAP forming the next government in Punjab," he added.
"There are only 50-odd families who are running the country for their own business interests. AAP is opposed to dynasty rule and only one person from a family will get a ticket to contest elections. AAP will sweep away the SAD-BJP government in the 2017 elections by winning all seats. He also urged the gathering to support, vote and elect AAP candidates and get rid of the "corrupt" government.
Addressing the gathering, Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann said: "The Badal government is unique because it works only for itself and to meet its vested interests. You name any business and Badals have stake in it." He alleged that SAD-BJP rule had turned Punjab into a state of drugs and criminals. On a lighter note, he exhorted the gathering to take money from the SAD and the Congress during elections but vote for AAP.
Minister in the Delhi government Sandeep Kumar and MLA Jarnail Singh also addressed the gathering.