The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) senior leader and Leader of Opposition (LoP) Harpal Singh Cheema alleged that Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu, being chameleon-like; was colluding with Congress ministers and MLAs; who are accused by the people of Punjab, for running a mafia rule. He said with the formation of the Aam Aadmi Party government, strict legal action would be taken against the ministers and MLAs, who were looting the exchequer of Punjab.Addressing the media at the party headquarters here on Friday, Harpal Singh Cheema lashed out at Navjot Sidhu, stating that Sidhu had a dual character and double standard; who first talked about eradicating the sand, liquor, transport, land and other mafias, but was now meeting the MLAs and ministers, who run the same mafia rule and was sharing stages with them. He said it seemed that the mafia had restrained Navjot Sidhu because the share which was earlier given to Captain Amarinder Singh by the mafia, who looted Punjab; was now been taken over by Navjot Sidhu.
The LoP further said the mafia rule which was set up by the Badals in Punjab was being continued by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and now Navjot Sidhu has also joined hands with the MLAs and ministers, who are kingpins of illegal liquor, sand and land mafia. Cheema said that the governments that had ruled Punjab since 1992 had created a mafia state and had plunged Punjab into a debt of Rs 3 lakh crore. He said at the time of deaths due to illicit liquor in Majha region, Navjot Singh Sidhu used to talk of providing justice to the victims but today he himself has colluded with the same liquor mafia. Cheema said by being close to the liquor mafia, Sidhu had broken the hearts of the victims of the illicit liquor scandal.Harpal Singh Cheema said with formation of the Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab, legal action would be taken against the ministers, MLAs and others involved in liquor, land, sand, transport and cable mafia and the complete record of those who ruined Punjab would be made public. He said the people of Punjab had now understood that all these mafias were being run by the Akali and the Congress in collusion and only their faces were changing; while their activities remained the same. Cheema said that Navjot Singh Sidhu was a part of the mafia like other Akalis and Congressmen, whereas earlier he was walking around in disguise of being truthful.