Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader & Supreme Court Lawyer HS Phoolka today ridiculed the manifesto released by Punjab Congress in New Delhi and said it was nothing but a document to mislead the people of Punjab which sans credibility.
“Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi did not come to release the manifesto as they wanted to avoid question about SYL issue. Congress falsely promises to protect the waters of Punjab but the fact is that it was Congress leader Indra Gandhi who initiated the construction work of SYL in presence of Capt. Amrinder Singh at kapuri.” said Phoolka. Challenging Congress leadership, Phoolka said that if Congress is serious about SYL issue then Sonia and Rahul must give statement in favor of Punjab in next 24 Hours.
Phoolka said first and foremost the congress party chose to release the manifesto from New Delhi than from Punjab. “ On the contrary AAP released all its manifestos from the hinterland of Punjab making it amply clear which party is strongly rooted to Punjab’s culture and tradition”, added Phoolka.
Phoolka who is also AAP nominee from Dakha assembly segment for the upcoming Punjab assembly polls said Captain Amarinder has promised one job for each household in Punjab in the manifesto. By that yardstick he would have to provide nearly 55 Lakh jobs in Punjab which is nothing but a promise to mislead the people of the state.
Phoolka said even central government has the capacity and the limitation of providing only 50 lakh jobs after having the maximum recruitment in the biggest departments such as the railways and the armed forces.
“This clearly shows that Capt Amarinder is making false promises to only to lure their votes in the upcoming polls. He does not even know that there are about 4 Lakh employees in the Punjab government of which nearly one Lakh are pensioners”, said Phoolka.
He said moreover why should people of Punjab believe Capt Amarinder at all who had promised job recruitments in his 2002 manifesto as well but did exactly the opposite after becoming the chief minister.
It was Capt Amarinder who imposed a blanket ban on the recruitment drive in Punjab immediately after coming to power in 2002. “Not only that he also issued notification for discontinuing with the pension and other welfare schemes for the employees, disabled and senior citizens”, said Phoolka.
Phoolka said Capt Amarinder claims to be the champion to the cause of the Punjab farmers but it was during his tenure when the peasantry was forced to commit suicides and as chief minister he even refused to pay adequate compensation to their distressed families.
Phoolka said it was Capt Amarinder who after coming to power immediately ordered to withdraw free power to the farmers of Punjab who were reeling under heavy debt. He being the chief minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007 did nothing to give any financial or monetary relief to the farmers of Punjab who were under heavy debt.
Phoolka said while AAP in its manifesto promised to waive off the small and marginal farmers’ loan by December 2018, Congress in its manifesto would initiate such an exercise by waiving off the loans which would benefit only rich farmers and people such as Capt. Amarinder and Manpreet Badal.
Phoolka said now congress also promises in its manifesto to implement OROP scheme. “The congress was in power at the centre government for 10 years from 2004 to 2014. Why it never occurred to the congress to implement the OROP scheme at that time. It only shows this is again being promised keeping the Punjab polls in mind”, added Phoolka.
Phoolka also ridiculed the congress manifesto for promising no VIP culture and red beacons atop official vehicles of the chief minister, ministers and other government functionaries.
“I am glad that congress which has ushered in the VIP culture in the Indian politics and carried on with it for nearly 70 years now talks of getting rid of it. It is a sheer sham and Congress is forced to make such promises only under pressure from AAP which does not believe in VIP culture at all. If congress is indeed serious it should first set an example by initiating a non VIP culture from Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and ministers in other states. But people know it very well congress can never shed away the VIP culture which is in its blood”, said Phoolka.
Last but not the least; Phoolka said Capt Amarinder promises to abolish drugs in Punjab within four weeks after coming to power. Isn’t it laughable? The man who saved his nephew and Akali minister Bikram Singh Majithia from the CBI probe into Rs.6000 Cr drug racket in the state is now talking about abolishing drugs.
“Captain lobbied liquor business in Punjab through Ponty Chaddha and now talking about limiting it. Does he think people of Punjab will trust him?” asked Phoolka.
“When Capt Amarinder has no hesitation from bringing in Sarwan Singh Phillaur whose name cropped up in the drug trade and was dropped from the cabinet by the Akali government one can well imagine what steps he would take against the drug trade. Similarly Capt Amarinder has also facilitated the joining of SAD MLA Inderbir Singh Bolaria into the congress party who was the right hand man of Majithia. “Under such circumstances how can anyone believe him what he promises in the manifesto”, added Phoolka.