Cong­men stage protest against ‘cor­rupt’ govt

Sub­mit mem­o­ran­dum to gov­er­nor, de­mand dis­missal of govern­ment

HT Ludhiana Live - - City - HT Live Correspondent ludlivedesk@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

LUDHIANA: De­mand­ing dis­missal of the Akali-BJP govern­ment, Congress work­ers led by district Congress com­mit­tee ur­ban and ru­ral pres­i­dents Pawan De­wan and Malkiat Singh Dakha staged a protest out­side the Mini Sec­re­tar­iat here on Mon­day.

MP and Congress national spokesper­son Manish Te­wari and Fate­hgarh Sahib MP Sukhdev Singh Libra ad­dressed the dharna.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Te­wari lashed out at the rul­ing state govern­ment and said: "Though some BJP min­is­ters such as Manoran­jan Kalia have been re­moved on the charges of cor­rup­tion, there are many oth­ers who still en­joy power and free­dom."

Libra said: "The Akali-BJP govern­ment has turned out to be the worst govern­ment in the his­tory of Pun­jab, as the rulers are in­volved in loot and rob­bery of the re­sources."

De­wan and Dakha also ad­dressed the dharna.

De­mand­ing the dis­missal of the govern­ment and im­po­si­tion of gov­er­nor's rule, the pro­test­ers sub­mit­ted a mem­o­ran­dum to the gov­er­nor through the deputy com­mis­sioner.

The mem­o­ran­dum sub­mit­ted by the party al­leged that there was ram­pant cor­rup­tion and rules were bro­ken by the govern­ment in the state.

"The con­sti­tu­tional ma­chin­ery has failed, thus mak­ing it a fit case of dis­missal and im­po­si­tion of the gov­er­nor's rule in the state," stated the mem­o­ran­dum.

List­ing the fail­ures of the govern­ment, the mem­o­ran­dum stated: " This govern­ment is mired neck-deep in cor­rup­tion. The level of cor­rup­tion has crossed all lim­its. Right from the lower level such as po­lice sta­tion or the pat­war khana to the top-level min­is­ter, ev­ery­one is cor­rupt. It is im­pos­si­ble to get the work done with­out giv­ing bribe."

The mem­o­ran­dum al­leged that the govern­ment had in­dulged in loot and rob­bery of pub­lic money.

“ The of­fi­cials with due pa­tron­age from the Akali-BJP govern­ment si­phoned off crores of ru­pees meant for the houses for sched­uled castes un­der the In­dra Awas Yo­jana. The of­fi­cer con­cerned was re­ha­bil­i­tated with a prime post­ing,” pointed out the mem­o­ran­dum.

The mem­o­ran­dum also drew the at­ten­tion to­wards grab­bing of all sand-min­ing con­tracts, trans­port busi­ness, cable net­work, liquor busi­ness and taxi and auto busi­ness.

AVNEET PUNNI/HT

District Congress Com­mit­tee work­ers sit­ting on a dharna out­side Mini Sec­re­tar­iat in Ludhiana on Mon­day.

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