Asserting that women were not safe in Punjab,senior CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat on Tuesday slammed the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. In the city for a Sangarsh Sandesh Jatha,Brinda Karat also took on the ruling alliance in the state for not fulfilling poll promises.
The sand mafia in Punjab is at its peak and is a contributor to rising inflation. The ruling alliance,in its second term,is yet to fulfil the promises like the Atta-Dal scheme,widow pension and the shagun scheme,among others, she said before adding that the state government has failed to even provide regular benefits under the above mentioned schemes.
The senior CPM leader hit out at both the Congress and BJP,describing them as the two sides of the same coin and holding them both responsible for inflation in the country. She accused both parties of bickering with each other and ignoring public issues.
Karat said her party wanted the Food Security Bill implemented and had submitted a memorandum,with signatures of 4 crore people from across the country,to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in this regard.
On a Prime Ministerial candidate for a possible third front,she evaded the question.
Let the election come, she said before opining that the Lok Sabha polls will be held as per schedule in 2014. On the occasion,she also honoured Manjit Kaur Jalaldiwal,the lone NREGA worker from Punjab to give a speech before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a national NREGA workers meet recently.