KHANGURA TO SUKHBIR: PERPETUAL AKALI RULE IN PUNJAB IS A PIPE DREAM
Chandigarh 16 May 2011.
Qila Raipur MLA Jassi Khangura today queried which lessons Sukhbir Badal had learnt from the recent assembly results.
Khangura stated that at the start of this administration Sukhbir had deputed people to West Bengal to study the lengthy rule of the Left and to establish issues and factors, which were both relevant and transferable to Punjab.
With the abject defeat of the Left in West Bengal Khangura wondered which of the failed Left policies would Sukhbir still like to introduce to Punjab.
Khangura stated that in a democracy it is important for party activities to be separate from those of the government but sadly in Punjab, like in West Bengal under the Left, the boundaries were blurred. One simply does not know in Punjab today where the Akali party stops and the bureaucracy starts. The Students Organisation of India (SOI) has done for Punjab in recent years exactly what the left cadres did in West Bengal; they usurped the instruments of state for personal gain with unashamed vendetta politics.
As recently as a few months ago, Khangura added, Sukhbir was widely predicting 25 years of uninterrupted Akali party rule but it is now clear that the voting public of Punjab will not even give Sukhbir 25 hours to pack his bags.
Any thoughts that Sukhbir might have that money power alone can turn elections have been completely rejected by assembly election results elsewhere, Khangura stressed, before adding that all talk of spending big on 70 targeted seats is futile for the voter today is generally far too intelligent to be influenced by money.
Khangura blamed the father and son Badal duo of starting several decades ago the vote buying culture in their native constituencies and stated that the Badals would be grossly mistaken if they endeavoured to extend this strategy elsewhere.
Khangura stated that the voting public does not need the dirty money of the Badals but instead it yearned for an honest, responsive and efficient government. Increasingly the results of elections in India are determined by issues of governance, yet there is no evidence whatsoever that this administration has delivered anything close to the aspirations of the people.
Jassi closed “The Badals live in a world far removed from reality. Just because the timid Punjab government machinery has buckled by and large without so much as a squeak, does not mean that the Punjabi voter will do so. Punjabis wish to consign the Badals to history at the earliest. Sardar Parkash Singh Badal has ruled thrice before and has been rejected each time. The forthcoming election will be no different.”
KHANGURA TO CM PUNJAB: COME CLEAN ON THE 2,600 NRIs DECLARED AS PROCLAIMED OFFENDERS BY YOUR GOVERNMENT.
CHANDIGARH 16 MAY 2011.
Qila Raipur MLA Jassi Khangura today challenged Sardar Parkash Singh Badal to reveal the true extent of the number of NRIs branded as proclaimed offenders.
Khangura stated that as the Centre had now removed many Sikh NRIs from the entry blacklist, it is now the turn of the Punjab Government to remove the injustice of false FIRs that has rendered so many NRIs as proclaimed offenders.
Khangura stressed that on 6 January 2008 Badal had at the Punjab government NRI samellan at Jalandar declared that a list of all NRIs declared as proclaimed offenders would be published on the Internet, yet some 40 months later this has still not happened. Khangura dared Badal to publish the list in full immediately.
Khangura regretted that in spite of having both a department for NRI affairs headed by a Minister, S. Balbir Singh Bath, and now a NRI cell within the Chief Minister’s Office, there was still precious little remedy available for NRIs.
The sad fact, stated the MLA, is that Badal and his stooges have over the term of this administration perfected the art of harassing the NRI with false charges and FIRs, resulting in the NRI having to flee India in fear of arrest, only to be declared as a proclaimed offenders basis notices that were never served on the NRI.
As the only NRI origin MLA in Punjab, Khangura regretted that this Akali administration had never been sincere to NRIs, as it had presided over the loot of thousands of crores of NRI assets. That is the reason why the Badals are unable to face NRIs outside India. They cannot step foot in Canada. In the USA they have to hire private security, perhaps the first Punjab CM ever to feel the need.
Khangura stressed, “I understand from reliable sources that this Akali administration has filed more than 13,000 false cases against NRIs, resulting in an additional 2,600 NRIs being declared as proclaimed offenders.
Khangura continued “Many NRIs are now languishing in prisons in India as they were unaware of their status as proclaimed offenders and were arrested on arrival in India”.
Khangura closed “Daily I receive calls and emails from distressed NRIs seeking help and assistance. The Badals will soon face the full wrath of the NRI community in the forthcoming assembly elections.”