Nabha jailbreak: Congress, AAP demand Sukhbir Singh Badal’s resignation

Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh alleged that the Badal government had prepared “an army of gangsters to be used in elections”.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Updated: November 28, 2016 3:59 am
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POLITICAL PARTIES in Punjab, including the ruling SAD-BJP combine, were assessing the possible impact of the Nabha jailbreak in which six prisoners escaped, on the upcoming Assembly election.

While Congress and AAP demanded the resignation of Home Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for the “breakdown of law and order” in the state and alleged that the prisoners had been “deliberately” freed ahead of the election, the Shiromani Akali Dal was in damage control mode throughout Sunday over the incident that party seniors described as “shocking” and “an embarrassment”, while ally BJP expressed disappointment.

Quick off the blocks, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh said he had already predicted “a violent election”, alleging that the Badal government had prepared “an army of gangsters to be used in elections”.

A few Akali leaders told The Indian Express that the jailbreak was an embarrassment to the party and the government. “We are putting up a brave face. But it does not look good on us. It is a failure. I heard an opponent saying it is an attempt at police raj to circumvent the Election Commission rule after code of conduct as we fear our cadres will move en masse to other parties. People are ready to believe what the opposition is feeding them,” said an Akali leader.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and state affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh demanded the home minister’s resignation. Journalist-turned-AAP leader Kanwar Sandhu said, “The home minister should resign.”

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    BULLET 4
    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:28 pm
    the very fact not one shot was fired by the police guarding this high security jail in patiala dist proves that the punjab police since the year 1997 onwards has been filled up with cowards crooks and thieves not fit to clean the streets let alone wear the uniform of a force steeped in great traditions and history.
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      Chandrashekhar Deshpande
      Nov 28, 2016 at 12:11 am
      It seems that Aakali on the back ground helping Khalistan Movement. In some time CM Punjab and Kejariwal on same page to tranfer these fellows from Delhi to Punjab.
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        Anon
        Nov 27, 2016 at 9:28 pm
        Kejriwal should resign as Delhi CM given the state of pollution there and the deaths resulting from it. Trillions are dying daily in delhi, what is he doing ? There is a conspiracy here.
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