Sukhbir should quit Home portfolio: Preneet Kaur

Alleging that police in Punjab was indulging in political activities for the ruling SAD,Union Minister Preneet Kaur on Tuesday said in Delhi that Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal,who also holds the Home portfolio,should quit if he cannot handle law and order in the state.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Published:March 6, 2013 4:52 am

Alleging that police in Punjab was indulging in political activities for the ruling SAD,Union Minister Preneet Kaur on Tuesday said in Delhi that Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal,who also holds the Home portfolio,should quit if he cannot handle law and order in the state. “If he can’t handle the state,he should quit,” the Minister of State for External Affairs said when asked about demand from various quarters for Sukhbir’s resignation in the wake of thrashing of a girl and her father allegedly by policemen in Tarn Taran. Some Congress members,including Pratap Singh Bajwa,Ravneet Singh and Santosh Chowdhry,came to the aisle of the Parliament and raised slogans against the SAD-BJP government in Punjab over the incident.

Amarinder raps Sukhbir’s zero tolerance claims

Condemning the incident,Captain Amarinder Singh — before he was was removed as the Punjab Congress president on Tuesday night — slammed Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal’s claims of “zero tolerance” towards misconduct by officials. “It seems Sukhbir has lost control. He appears to be busy in everything other than the governance. Suspending the cops is no solution. This is not an isolated incident but only one in a long series of such incidents taking place under the nose of the deputy chief minister,who also happens to be the home minister of the state. The police only suspended the cops after the video clip showing them beating up the woman went viral on the net and channels.”

State CPM demands Deputy chief minister’s resignation

The Punjab unit of the CPM on Tuesday demanded Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s resignation and asked him to take moral responsibility for a girl being publicly beaten up policemen in Tarn Taran. “The ugly incident had exposed the brutal face of the state police,which was being patronised by the ruling elite. The situation had been deteriorating due to police-politician nexus. It had worsened to such an extent was that the only law in the state was the lawlessness,” party national executive committee member Dr Joginder Dayal said.

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