Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday asked Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to give his explanation on severe indictment of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led State Government on the drugs and law and order front by the Governor Banwarilal Purohit or submit his resignation and let Punjabis decide their future.
SAD senior leader Daljit Singh Cheema said that it was shocking that instead of replying to the disclosures made by the Governor during a field visit along with the state Chief Secretary and the DGP that drugs were being openly sold at grocery shops, the Chief Minister was trying to brush the issue under the carpet. “The Governor is being accused of interfering in state affairs,” he added.
“Though SAD has always taken a principled stand on this issue and constantly alerted the Chief Minister to take up state issues effectively with the Centre, Bhagwant Mann has repeatedly failed the State. It is due to this that the AAP Government has brought Central interference on itself,” added Cheema.
“It is the Chief Minister‘s moral responsibility to answer the charges levelled against his Government on both drugs and law and order…Mann should also spell out steps taken to fight the drug menace and control gangster and extortion culture,” he said.
AAP endangered Punjab’s farm and industrial economy by driving PSPCL to bankruptcy: Sukhbir
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday said that AAP led Punjab Government had endangered the state’s farm and industrial economy by driving PSPCL to bankruptcy by denying subsidy to it and forcing it to take loans to cover under-estimated expenditure of Rs 7,000 crore. PSPCL’s very existence, as an independent corporation, was at stake with control of day-to-day functioning being handed over to a Bangalore-based private company, he said.
Terming these developments as extremely disturbing, Sukhbir said that situation, if allowed to continue, would lead to a catastrophe. “PSPCL mismanagement is leading to widespread cuts during winter when demand is low. Since the Corporation has not undertaken any exercise to cater to increase in demand in summer, particularly during the paddy transplantation season, it could well endanger the paddy crop,” he added.
Asking the Chief Minister to take control of the situation and ensure power utility does not collapse, Sukhbir said: “It is unfortunate that PSPCL, which had been ranked as a number one utility in the country during SAD government tenure, has been downgraded now.” He also asked the Chief Minister to fill all vacancies in the Corporation besides releasing funds for repair and maintenance works on an urgent basis.