Govt in Punjab reduced to ‘tamasha’; remove tainted ministers: Kejriwal
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the Punjab government has become a “spectacle” and urged the new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to immediately remove the “tainted” ministers from his cabinet.
The Delhi Chief Minister said this at the Chandigarh airport, a day after Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation from the post of the party’s Punjab unit president plunged the Congress into a new crisis.
In a video message on Wednesday, Sidhu flagged the issue of appointment of “tainted” officials and ministers.
Kejriwal, who is the chief minister of Delhi, has also asked the Punjab chief minister to follow through on his predecessor’s promises, including taking action in the Bargari blasphemy case.
Torn pages of a religious book were found at Bargari in Faridkot during the previous Akali-BJP government. Later, two persons were killed in Behbal Kalan and several were injured in Kotakpura in incidents of police firing on the protesters.
Arriving on a two-day visit to Punjab, Kejriwal said, “We are seeing the political atmosphere in the state. There is political instability, which is unfortunate.”
He said, “There is a dirty fight for power. People do not understand who to approach for their problems.”
Kejriwal alleged, “They have made the government a ‘spectacle’.”
He said that allegations have been made that Channi has included ‘tainted’ people in his cabinet.
“I request that they be removed immediately, a case be registered against them and they be dealt with strictly,” he said.
While he congratulated Channi on becoming the Chief Minister of Punjab, Kejriwal said that the people of the state want him to take action on five issues including the Bargari blasphemy case.
He said that the mastermind of the blasphemy case has not been punished till date. I don’t need to explain who the masterminds are. Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh’s report has their names and Channi can arrest the accused after this. Within 24 hours,” he said.
Kejriwal said that the Channi-led government should fulfill the promises made by former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to the people.
He said, “Amarinder promised to give jobs to the youth and until they get jobs, he promised to give unemployment allowance. This allowance should be given. He promised to waive the loans of farmers. was.”
Kejriwal also said that the Congress government should cancel the power purchase agreements.
Kejriwal reminded Channi that despite being in power for 49 days in the first term, his government had done a lot and the Punjab Chief Minister still had four months left before the state elections.
“When I first came to power, I had 49 days. In that short time, I halved electricity rates, made water free and eradicated corruption. If I can do so much in 49 days, Channi is also pending. He can complete the work.” He said.
The AAP leader said that only his party can give a stable and honest government in Punjab.
Asked who would be the chief ministerial face of AAP, Kejriwal said, “I have repeatedly said that we will give a face that will make you and entire Punjab proud.”
Earlier, Navjot Singh Sidhu had questioned the appointment of Director General of Police, Advocate General and “tainted” leaders.
“Today, I see that there is an agreement on the issues,” Sidhu said, apparently referring to senior IPS officer Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, who has been given the additional charge of Punjab DGP.
Sahota was the head of the SIT set up by the Akali-BJP government to investigate incidents of sacrilege.
He said, “I see that those who gave a clean chit to the Badals six years ago… have been given the responsibility of getting justice.”
Questioning the appointment of APS Deol to this post, Sidhu said, “My soul trembles when I see those who got blanket bails, they are advocate generals. What is the agenda here?
A system that included “tainted” leaders and officials is being brought back after being dismantled, Sidhu said, referring to the induction of Rana Gurjit Singh as a minister in the new provincial cabinet.
Sidhu was appointed the state Congress president on July 18 amid a clash with Captain Amarinder Singh, who had resigned as chief minister 10 days earlier, accusing him of humiliating the party high command.
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