Congress spokesperson Sunil Jakhar on Sunday demanded that President’s rule be imposed in Punjab citing “deteriorating law and order situation” in the state.
The former Congress Legislative Party leader said that organised crime had flourished under the present government. “The government now is talking of bringing in the Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act, which they think will help control crime. But the fact is that it will never be used against them. Instead, it will be used against people like me who expose them,” he said.
“At the Congress meeting in Chandigarh on Monday, I will request the Punjab Congress chief to ask the President of India to impose his rule in Punjab where there is no law and order,” said Jakhar. He recommended that the elections next year be conducted under president’s rule.
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Jakhar also ripped apart the Punjab government advertisement which claimed that the NDA government had granted it Rs 35,000 crore for development work in the past two years.
“This ad is a bundle of lies. It gives out distorted facts just to divert attention from real issues,” he said.
“The government, in its reply to a question on the floor of the Vidhan Sabha, had said that it had spent around Rs 16,500 crore on road projects and this pertains to the UPA government’s period. The government also claims it had spent Rs 1,600 crore on upgrading National Highways. But as per the government’s own figures, just Rs 265 crore was sanctioned for this. Almost 80 per cent of the money mentioned in the advertisement was sanctioned by the UPA government,” he said.
He also said that against Rs. 500 crores for the smart city projects, centre had given only Rs. 6 crores to the three cities of Punjab till date just to prepare the plan of the smart city projects.
the Congress leader even said that the ardasiya (prayer reciter) Balbir Singh, who had earlier refused to honour Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal at the Golden Temple, must be given the “Fakar-e-Kaum” title.
“These are symptoms of underlying anger in the public’s mind against the government,” said Jakhar.