CHANDIGARH, April 13 : Former Chief Minister and the Chairman of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Campaign Committee, Capt Amarinder Singh today appealed to the bureaucrats, police officers and other officials of the Punjab government to remain impartial during the conduct of the elections.
In an appeal issued here today, Capt Amarinder said, barring a select few officials who had openly identified themselves with the ruling party, he had full faith in the officers and employees of the state government that they would not be bullied or cowed down by the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bhartiya Janata Party alliance.
The former Chief Minister said, by and large the state administration has always remained unbiased and impartial. He assured that he stood by all the officials and they would not need to feel pressurized by the ruling alliance.
He revealed that he had got reports that worried over the slipping ground across the state, the ruling alliance was trying to put pressure on the officers, particularly the police, to intimidate people and force them to submission. He said, “our officers are quite brave and upright and I am sure they will not succumb to the pressure”.
The former Chief Minister assured the officers, “you need not worry, I am there with you and for you and nobody dare intimidate or victimize you for being honest and upright in the conduct of your duties”. He pointed out, the governments come and go, the officials have to be there. “They are not just answerable to their political bosses, but to their duty and conscience as well”, Amarinder remarked, while adding, during his regime he ensured that the officers were allowed to perform their duties without any pressure, fear or favour.
Amarinder said, it is matter of few weeks only when the SAD-BJP alliance government would fall after the elections. “Once we sweep the parliamentary elections, the state government will collapse of its own pulls and pressures and their would be no bullying, harassment of humiliation of any officer or officials”, the former Chief Minister promised.