Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar on Friday condemned the miscarriage incident of a teacher and termed it as “heinous and shameful crime” and asked the Badal government to apologise for it.
He said that the prime minister should also apologise to the family as the incident took place during his visit.
“Even the BJP leaders condemned the incident when they came out of the Vidhan Sabha but nobody from the government apologised when I raised the issue in the House during zero hour,” Jakhar said, adding that nobody had the courage or conviction to stand for extending an apology.
He added that it was the display of insensitivity by the state government that they did not have the courtesy to apologise in front of the family.
Recalling an incident, Jakhar said even the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had apologised through a letter to the family of a kidney patient who died outside a Chandigarh hospital because the security personnel allegedly barred his entry to the hospital.
“The state government should take strict legal action against the policemen responsible so that this does not happen in future,” the Congress leader said while meeting the victim.
“When local bodies minister Anil Joshi’s brother was attacked, he termed it as ‘Aurangzeb raj’. I feel that it is rather ‘Kans ka raj’, as a pregnant woman was lodged in a police station,” he said.
He said the state government should have made the sikhya providers teachers regular as they had promised this in 2011. Though Prime Minister Modi had allocated Rs 1,000 crore for ensuring women safety, women in Punjab are not feeling safe under the NDA government at the Centre, he said.
He further said if the state government does not take any action against the culprits and justice is given to the victim’s family, Congress leaders along with Rajni’s family would meet the governor.
“We will meet the governor and ask him to ensure strict action against the culprits for this heinous crime.
On the canecharging incident in Nawanshahr, Jakhar said Congress leaders will hold a protest on April 7 there for the rights of the students who were holding a peaceful protest to ask the government for their due money under the Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Other Backward Classes (OBC).
Meanwhile, Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary also met the family in the morning and demanded FIR against those involved in the incident. He said everyone has the freedom to protest for their rights and he would raise the issue in Parliament.
About Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s visit to Punjab to take stock of the crop loss due to untimely rain, Jakhar said, “She will visit Punjab but it is yet to be finalised as which place she will visit. She may visit Kapurthala or Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur.