Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Debt waiver prom­ise: BJP burns Amarinder’s ef­figy

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AMRITSAR: In a series of state-wide protests, the Amritsar unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) burnt an ef­figy of CM Cap­tain Am­rinder Singh at Hall Gate Chowk on Tues­day, al­leg­ing that the party won the elec­tions by mak­ing false claims to the peo­ple. The protest was led by Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber Sh­wait Ma­lik.

Ad­dress­ing party work­ers and lead­ers, the MP said the mo­tive of the protest was to “re­mind peo­ple that they have been cheated by the Congress gov­ern­ment, which came into power by mak­ing false prom­ises”.

He said the Congress gov­ern­ment has failed to ful­fil its pre­poll prom­ises even af­ter com­plet­ing 10 months in power in the state. Ma­lik said the Congress’ elec­tion man­i­festo had promised to waive off com­plete debt of farm­ers; erad­i­cate drug mafia and drug men­ace; a job for at least one per­son in a fam­ily; ₹2,500 per month to un­em­ployed youths; old age pen­sion of ₹1,500; houses to Dal­its; but none of these prom­ises have been filled by the gov­ern­ment.

“More than 300 farm­ers of the state have com­mit­ted sui­cide in the state in past 10 months and the state gov­ern­ment is en­tirely re­spon­si­ble for this,” he said.

He added, “The sand mafia is also ac­tive in the state due to which, peo­ple are forced to pur­chase sand on higher prices. The mafia, with the sup­port of Congress min­is­ters, is con­tin­u­ing il­le­gal min­ing. Not only this, gang­sters are on the loose in the state and peo­ple don’t feel se­cure any­more.”

He said cab­i­net min­is­ter Rana Gur­jit Singh, who had been un­der fire from the Op­po­si­tion for his al­leged in­volve­ment in sand min­ing auc­tion, sub­mit­ted his res­ig­na­tion. He said that in the present cir­cum­stances, as­sem­bly elec­tions will be again held with Lok Sabha elec­tions in 2019 as the state gov­ern­ment’s min­is­ters are re­sign­ing due to their in­volve­ments in cor­rup­tions.

BJP’s dis­trict pres­i­dent Ra­jesh Honey, for­mer min­is­ter Lak­shmi Kanta Chawla, Adarsh Bha­tia, for­mer min­is­ter Anil Joshi, vet­eran leader Ra­jin­der Mo­han Singh Ch­hina were present in the protest.

 ?? SAMEER SEHGAL/HT ?? Bharatiya Janata Party lead­ers rais­ing slo­gans against the state gov­ern­ment and CM Cap­tain Amarinder Singh out­side Hall Gate in Amritsar on Tues­day.
SAMEER SEHGAL/HT Bharatiya Janata Party lead­ers rais­ing slo­gans against the state gov­ern­ment and CM Cap­tain Amarinder Singh out­side Hall Gate in Amritsar on Tues­day.

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