Deadlock between Punjab Congress legislators and state government continued as the indefinite sit-in protest outside the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s residence entered the second day on Friday. A few legislators led by CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi and Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu spent a cold night on the road in front of the chief minister’s residence.
WATCH VIDEO: Punjab Congress Party Members Burn Badals Effigy
The legislators were supported by Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh and general secretary incharge Asha Kumari on Friday, who jumped the police cordon to be with their colleagues.
The agitators have been demanding transfer of Ludhiana Police Commissioner Jatinder Aulakh and suspension of ADCP-4 Jaswinder Singh for their alleged “partisan attitude” in dealing with a clash between Congress and Akali workers over burning of a chitta (white, also the Punjabi for the drug heroin) Raavan in Ludhiana on Dussehra day.
Amarinder asked party workers in all the 117 assembly segments of the state to burn effigies of chitta Raavan as a mark of protest.
“This is just the beginning. We will actually destroy the chitta and its Raavan in its entirety in the state,” Amarinder said, while addressing colleagues outside Badal’s residence. “By resorting to violence against burning of the Chhitta Raavan, the Akalis have actually admitted to their guilt of being synonymous with the ‘Chhitta’, as the synthetic drug is commonly known all over Punjab.”
Amarinder, however, did not respond to the request of Bittu, who during his address appealed to Amarinder to gherao the Ludhiana Commissioner during his party programme in Ludhiana on Saturday.
Badal, meanwhile, left from the back gate to address sangat darshans planned in Sardulagarh and Mansa on Saturday.
‘Capt provoking people to physically harm SAD leaders’
The SAD on Friday condemned PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh’s statement against its leadership. Captain had said, “Today the people are burning your effigies, tomorrow they will actually be after your life.”
“This amounts to provoking the people to physically harm the SAD leadership. It shows the extreme frustration of Capt Amarinder Singh and his dangerous moves and evil designs to capture power in the state of Punjab,” said SAD spokesperson and cabinet minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema.
Cheema said “no one imagined that Congress Chief will think so low about their political rivals. This is a criminal act which cannot be approved by any right thinking individual in the state and the country.”
Dr Cheema further said that “the Congress party is trying to create law and order situation in the state by physically attacking the political opponents as well as attacking and insulting the law enforcing agencies in order to demoralize the state force.”
He said that when the state Chief Minister has himself respectfully gave a patience hearing to the agitating Congress workers and even ordered and enquiry at the highest level to be conducted by the DGP of the state in a limited time frame, then it was the duty of the Congress party to have waited patiently “but since their motto is create disturbance in the state, they have chosen the path of unwarranted confrontation and even threatening senior SAD leadership.”
“SAD is never afraid of such bogus threats. His diversionary tactics will not be able to deviate the SAD from the agenda of peace, communal harmony and development of the state,” said Cheema.