25 Sep : Ever since the formation of SAD-BJP Govt. in Punjab, Congress leaders and workers have been targeted in a planned manner with intention to demoralize our cadres in the state. Sh. Sukhbir Singh Badal President SAD has virtually taken over reigns of power in Punjab and is in fact De-facto Chief Minister.
Thousands of cases have been registered falsely right from top leadership down to village level worker. The police of our state has become a handy tool in the campaign of political victimization launched by the Akali’s. I my self am a victim of a false case of theft of a truck tarpulin in the F.I.R No. 54 dated 18.4.07 P.S Subanpur Distt. Kapurthala u/s 382, 342, 294, IPC. Police and the administration are indulging in acts of both commission and omission. In cases where Congress workers have been affected in serious crimes such as murder, attempt to murder, serious injuries, the police prefers to look the other way and Akali goons are scotting free after committing such heinous crimes.
Grass root democracy has taken a severe beating in Punjab, during the recently concluded, local bodies and Panchayat elections. Can you believe that the Congress has been unable to show its presence in the over 12000 village panchayats and so is the case in the municipalities. Booth capturing, rigging, broadaylight goondaism ruled the roost during these elections. Major national newspapers carried mass coverage of the said murder of democracy, even senior journalists were not spared in the home constituency of the Chief Minister. Scores of Congress workers have been killed in the so called grass root elections in the state.
Even the august Vidhan Sabha has been misused to muzzle the voice of the opponents through brute majority. I am not defending Capt. Amarinder Singh’s expulsion but my fear is that if legislatures are allowed to expel elected members merely because of majority, then this would set a very dangerous precedent for the Indian polity.
Therefore to sum up, I feel that the central Govt. has not taken due cognizance of the above mentioned unconstitutional and illegal conduct of the Punjab Govt. at the behest of Sh. Sukhbir Badal. Punjab today is an absolute fit case for invoking article 356, President’s rule should be imposed and Vidhan Sabha suspended so that the rule of law can be restored. I have my fear’s, that if corrective measures are not taken immediately, it may cost our party very dear in the forthcoming Parliament elections. At present there is a sense of fear in the minds of the grass root Congress workers who are the one’s likely to become our polling agents. Although a strong feeling of resentment persists in the minds of the people against the Govt, but there is an urgent need to restore the confidence of the people and Congress rank and file in Punjab.