Cong leaders as unsafe in Punjab as in Chhattisgarh: Bajwa to Sonia

Asks AICC chief to send team to probe bungling of central funds.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 14, 2014 11:56 am

Citing instances of “political violence and terror” during the recently concluded block samiti and zila parishad elections,Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Thursday met AICC president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Delhi to say that Congress leaders were as unsafe in Punjab as in Chhattisgarh.

“In light of the Chhattisgarh incident,where the entire Congress top leadership has been eliminated,security concerns of Punjab leaders needed to be addressed. The state has withdrawn the security of many senior leaders. Four Congress leaders have lost their lives any a large number of them were attacked during the local elections. The law and order situation is in shambles and Congress leaders are fighting battle on streets against the atrocities of SAD-BJP regime,which has given a free run for criminals,” he said.

“The SAD-BJP government rigged the block samiti elections and there was largesacle booth capturing. At Mann village,in the home constituency of the chief minister — only 2 km from his native village Badal — police have booked about 150 villagers and they are being hounded,” he added.

Seeking a probe by a central team into the alleged misappropriation of central funds,Bajwa told Sonia: “The SAD-BJP government is neck deep in corruption and funds sent by the Centre for various development and social welfare schemes are being embezzled with impunity. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is shielding corrupt ministers.”

Requesting Sonia to ask the concerned ministries to send special investigating teams to probe charges of embezzlement of central funds,Bajwa said the SAD-BJP government was also not providing matching grants for many schemes. “The CM had earlier ensured a clean chit for Animal Husbandry Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike,who was responsible for siphoning off more than Rs 20-crore grant meant for border area development,” he added.

Cong exposed Maluka: PCC chief

Claiming that funds from Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan worth crores were misused by Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka,who is close to Badal,Bajwa told Sonia: “The misdeeds of the education minister were exposed by the media and the Congress. The CM,in an apparent bid to protect the minister,set up a one-man commission headed by a retired high court judge,A K Jindal.” The buck will be passed on to some junior officials and minister will go scot free,he added.

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