Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh has said that if his party comes to power in the state in 2017, it will appoint a judicial commission to look into the cases registered as part of the “vendetta politics” of the Akali-BJP regime.
He said first all these FIRs would be scrapped and the commission would then assess the validity of each case. After visiting elementary teacher Rajni, who had been taken into custody on March 22 on the eve of a protest in Bathinda, Amarinder said: “No action has been taken against the police officer who dragged the teacher out of the house, because of which she had a miscarriage. If the Congress comes to power, the guilty cop will be dismissed. All cases, where law was not followed under Akali pressure, would be re-examined.”
Citing the example of a case against a Congress leader in Rampura Phull, Amarinder said 27 cases against Congressmen had been slapped under the pressure of the rural development and panchayat minister Sikander Singh Maluka alone. “The Akali have misused police to victimise their opponents. If we win, a judicial commission would look into all such cases to verify their validity”, he added.
Asked if a grand alliance would be formed against the Akali-BJP combine, the Punjab Congress presidents said he would initiate talks with the “other secular forces”. “I had asked CPM (Communist Party of India, Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechuri about two months ago and he had promised to be part of the grand alliance. If this becomes a reality, I am sure the PPP (People’s Party of Punjab) and the BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) will also join us. A serious effort is on to bring all secular forces under one umbrella,” said the former chief minister.
Reacting to the statement of CM Parkash Singh Badal that he was a better Sikh than Amarinder, the latter said: “Nobody knows Badal better than me. Badal is a bugg (dumb) and his politics is based on misleading people. I worked with him for about 14 years and know him to be cunning enough to present himself as the only devout Sikh on this earth, while what he has been doing for Sikhism is before everyone. I do not need his certificate to prove my commitment to Sikhism.”
Asked who could come out as the new state CLP (Congress Legislature Party) leader in Monday’s election, the state party chief praised Sunil Jakhar for his “oratory skills and command of the state’s issues”. “However, the decision rests with the party high command,” he added. On the accusations coming from Punjab Police cat Gurmeet Singh Pinki about fake encounters during the days of terrorism, Amarinder said that the present state government should investigate it.