5 Questions: It’s the rule of the jungle in Punjab says Ambika Soni

Ambika Soni talks to Manoj C G about party’s stand on alleged molestation on BUS and girl’s death in Moga.

Written by Manoj C G | Published:May 6, 2015 4:37 am
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You wanted the bus owners booked. Why the owners?

In the the Uphaar cinema fire, they caught hold of Gopal Ansal and Sushil Ansal. Same in the Uber (taxi) case. There have been lots of incidents where you have caught hold of the owner. Here, the man owns 99.74 per cent of the firm and the rest are all his benaami people. So, I wanted to know, does the FIR have the name of the owner? The family wanted the owners named.

But in the Uphaar case, they have been convicted of negligence.

In this case, the negligence factor is suo motu, accepted by Sukbhir Badal himself. He has withdrawn all the buses. Why? “Till such time that all have some training”. That means you are appointing Tom, Dick and Harry as conductors and assistant conductors. How many accidents have these buses (caused) and what has been the action?

You couldn’t raise the issue the way you wanted; the chair said there was no notice. Why not?

I could have given a notice, but I came very late… The Leader of the Opposition said this should be done, then Mayawati said that, Sitaram Yechury said that. So there was a sense of the House. Three Akali members (who protested) are not everything. Even the BJP was silent.

Why do you feel the BJP was silent? 

Because what has happened is really bad. The relationship between the Akalis and the BJP is not very good. Why were they not stopping me from speaking or asking questions?

Do you agree that a section of the Congress in Punjab has been soft on the Badal family in general?

Regarding this case, we have organised rail roko in districts and stopped buses. In general, there has been one odd leader here or one odd leader there who may have been accused of being a bit soft on the Badals. But by and large that is not the case. I would say some want to hang them (Badals) upside down, some want to whack them… But you can’t be soft on what is happening in Punjab. It is the rule of the jungle.

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