Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Punjab affairs co-in-charge and Delhi MLA Raghav Chadha termed the remarks, of PPCC President Navjot Singh Sidhu on Punjab Police officers in a program, as unfortunate and shameful. AAP leader condemned Navjot Sidhu’s remark and raised the issue of long hours and minimal allowances of Punjab Police personnel, here in press conference at party headquarters on Wednesday. Aam Aadmi Party Punjab spokesperson Neel Garg, Jagtar Singh Sanghera and Satish Saini were also present on the occasion.Raghav Chadha said that the Channi government of Punjab, especially Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu is leaving no stone unturned in defaming and insulting the Punjab Police. He said that the statement made by Navjot Sidhu about Punjab Police officers in a public program is so blow the belt that it does not even deserve an apology.Raghav Chadha said that Aam Aadmi Party strongly condemns this irresponsible and childish statement of Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu. He said that Navjot Singh Sidhu is anxious and in his fury, Sidhu is humiliating the officers of Punjab Police by making such lousy statements.
Raghav Chadha said that the political people of Punjab treat the Punjab Police personnel as an ornamental instrument. He said that about 70 thousand officers of Punjab Police who leave their homes and are ready to sacrifice their lives for the safety of the people of the state, for them this statement of Congress President Sidhu is a very ungracious. While the morale of the police personnel has dropped due to this statement, the hearts of their family members have also been deeply hurt. The family members of Punjab Police officers are feeling humiliated by this statement. He said that this statement made by Sidhu about the officers of Punjab Police clearly shows that the Punjab Government have no respect for the honest and brave officers of Punjab Police.Raghav Chadha told Navjot Singh Sidhu that those are the same officers who are on duty day and night for his safety. He challenged Navjot Singh Sidhu that if he thinks so low of the officers of Punjab Police, then he should return the security of Punjab Police. He said that if he would walk around without protection for only one day, no one would even salute him. Chadha said that Sidhu may have forgotten that in the program where he was encouraging people to 'thokko tali' by making a statement about Punjab Police officers wetting their pants, there were also about 100 police personnel stationed for their safety. He said that with this statement of Sidhu, one can get an idea of what must security personnel posted there have felt.Raghav Chadha asked the Congress government of Punjab to stop political interference in the police administration and let the police administration work independently according to its own accord.
Raghav Chadha said that if the political pressure on the police in Punjab ends, then drug mafia, transport mafia and cable mafia etc. would stop too. He said that today there is so much political interference in the work of Punjab Police that even the MLAs of Punjab decides against whom the FIR should be filed and where no FIR will be filed. He said that the police personnel who do their duty honestly and with honour, who do not even get warm food of their home, those brave jawans are being harassed due to political interference in Punjab.Raghav Chadha said that when the Aam Aadmi Party government is formed in Punjab, then Punjab Police personnel will get dignity and they will be given a job of respect. Along with increasing their allowances, other facilities and a consideration will also be given to fixing their working hours. Chadha further said that when the Aam Aadmi Party government is formed in Punjab, then they will stop political interference in the police administration and create an environment for the police administration to work independently. Punjab Police will do only policing work and at any cost the police personnel will not be allowed to do personal 'chakri' of political people.Raghav Chadha said that the Kejriwal government in Delhi provides cash assistance of one crore rupees to every policeman who had martyred on duty without any discrimination. In Punjab also AAP Supremo Kerjiwal has announced to give this honor to the families of people who’d sacrificed for the security of state and country.Raghav Chadha said that the Punjab Congress party seems to be completely disintegrating. Today senior leaders of the party, big ministers etc. are leaving the Congress party and going to other parties. The Congress party is on the verge of extinction due to internal conflicts within the Congress Party. So, people should not waste their vote on Congress because a party who doesn’t have a future, can’t promise a good future to people of Punjab.