Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday came down heavily on Parkash Singh Badal led Punjab government for misusing the official machinery especially the punjab police for suppressing its democratic right to protest against the Rs. 12000 crore food scam in Chandigah on Monday, May 16.Addressing a press conference here AAP National Spokesman and in charge Punjab party affairs, Sanjay Singh said the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has unearthed the biggest food scam of the country accusing the Badal government of either siphoning off Rs. 12,000 crore or the food grains worth the same amount from the Punjab godowns. " Chief Minister Badal is using all coercive ways and means at his command to ensure AAP doesn't hold a massive protest demonstration and surround his official residence at Chandigarh on Monday to expose his misdeeds".
Let Badal use all his might but he can not browbeat the Aam Aadmi Party and scare its volunteers, workers and sympathisers by adopting such cheap arm twisting tactics, said Sanjay Singh who was flanked by Sangrur MP, Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Convener, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Legal cell head, Himmat Singh Shergill, senior leader, Aman Arora, Youth wing president, Harjot Singh Bains and Jasbir Singh Sekhon. Sanjay Singh said the RBI had feared that the food scam in Punjab if investigated by an independent agency could go beyond even Rs. 25,000 crore. " Where has the money or the food grains from Punjab godowns vanished. Has the money gone into the pockets of Badals. Let there be a probe by a special investigative team (SIT) monitored by a sitting supreme court judge", he added. Sanjay Singh revealed that Badal has unleashed reign of terror through Punjab police officials all across Punjab on the volunteers and workers of AAP to create a fear psychosis among them that in case they attended AAP's protest demonstration in Chandigarh on Monday they all would be booked in false criminal cases. He said many transport owners have already refused to provide bus service to AAP after they received threats from the government officials. In Ajnala party worker Navdeep Singh Bichhoa was rounded up by the local police on May 13 and was let off only after he ensured he would not participate in the protest demonstration on May 16.The Police threatened to register false criminal cases against him if he still dared to participate in the protest.Seema Sodhi sector in charge of the women wing in Amritsar and Jaswant Agadh in Attari also received similar threats from the police." AAP has arrived in Punjab to put an end to the jungle raj spread by the Badal and his son and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during the last 9 years all across the state. We have come to clean the dirty politics and put an end the rule of sand, land, drug, liquor, cable and transport mafia. Let Badal register as many cases against us but we will not surrender to his dictatorial ways of governance", said Sanjay Singh. Sucha Singh Chhotepur said due to the Rs. 12000 crore food scam since the centre has not cleared the entire cash credit limit (CCL) to the Badal government the latter was unable to make timely payment to many farmers for their wheat produce. Bhagwant Mann said all AAP leaders were staying in Chandigarh and its surroundings to make preparation for the May 16 protest and let the Badal government get them arrested. " We are expecting more than one lakh people to turn up for the protest which would be the biggest in the history of Punjab & Chandigarh", added Mann.
On SYL Issue
Sanjay Singh said Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's double face on Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue was completely exposed on Friday in the supreme court when Narendra Modi led BJP government at the centre took an anti Punjab stand against state's river waters. " If Badal has even iota of self dignity he should immediately break his alliance with the BJP and ask his daughter in law and union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal to quit Modi government in protest", said Sanjay.
On Zee Punjab Black Out
Sanjay Singh said dictatorial Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal wanted to rule Punjab with a stick and has shown his penchant for it by ordering to black out zee punjab from the cable network. " This is a completely undemocratic decision and AAP would demand immediate restoration of the news channel. The media being the fourth pillar of the democracy must have its independence & freedom even if it showed anything against AAP or any other party", added Singh.