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Debt waiver promise: BJP burns Captain Amarinder’s effigy in Amritsar

Addressing party workers and leaders, Shwait Malik said the motive of the protest was to “remind people that they have been cheated by the Congress government, which came into power by making false promises”.

punjab Updated: Jan 17, 2018 15:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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Bharatiya Janata Party leaders raising slogans against the state government and CM Captain Amarinder Singh outside Hall Gate in Amritsar on Tuesday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

In a series of state-wide protests, the Amritsar unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) burnt an effigy of chief minister (CM) Captain Amrinder Singh’s government at Hall Gate Chowk on Tuesday, alleging that the party won the elections by making false claims to the people. The protest was led by Rajya Sabha member Shwait Malik.

Addressing party workers and leaders, the MP said the motive of the protest was to “remind people that they have been cheated by the Congress government, which came into power by making false promises”.

He said the Congress government has failed to fulfil its pre-poll promises even after completing 10 months in power in the state.

Malik said the Congress’ election manifesto had promised to waive off complete debt of farmers; eradicate drug mafia and drug menace; a job for at least one person in a family; Rs 2,500 per month to unemployed youths; old age pension of Rs 1,500; houses to Dalits; but none of these promises have been filled by the government.

Malik said the Congress won the assembly elections in 2017 by making false promises only. “More than 300 farmers of the state have committed suicide in the state in past 10 months and the state government is entirely responsible for this,” he said.

He added, “The sand mafia is also active in the state due to which, people are forced to purchase sand on higher prices. The mafia, with the support of Congress ministers, is continuing illegal mining. Not only this, gangsters are on the loose in the state and people don’t feel secure anymore.”

He said Punjab cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh, who had been under fire from the Opposition for his alleged involvement in sand mining auction, had submitted his resignation. He said that in the present circumstances, assembly elections will again be with Lok Sabha elections in 2019 as the state government’s ministers have started giving resignations due to their involvements in corruptions.

BJP’s district president Rajesh Honey, former minister Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, Adarsh Bhatia, former minister Anil Joshi, veteran leader Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina were among those present in the protest.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 15:49 IST