Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Badal on Friday stated the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) authorities in Punjab was not solely discriminating in opposition to farmers by refusing to launch compensation for losses suffered within the floods, however was additionally suppressing social activists and whistleblowers to cover the loot of the state exchequer on the occasion of AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal.
Accusing Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann of betraying the farming group by not releasing even the Rs 6, 800 per acre compensation despatched by the Centre, the SAD chief stated at a gathering right here that “the AAP government has deliberately delayed release of this compensation by delaying the assessment of the crop damage through the ‘girdawari’ which has not been completed till now”.
He stated at the same time as farmers on this district had suffered losses of some hundred crores after an AAP Member of Parliament forcibly received all 32 gates of the Harike barrage opened, the federal government had earmarked a compensation of Rs 8.5 crore for the district.
“This is a cruel joke on our hard working farmers who were promised compensation for even loss of their hens and goats but have been left high and dry now, ” he stated.
Badal additionally condemned the way wherein social activists had been being threatened in the event that they uncovered the misdeeds of the AAP authorities.
Citing the instance of activist Manik Goyal, he stated the activist had obtained an open menace from the Punjab Police to delete a tweet giving data relating to a bid invited by the federal government to rent a 10-seater jet for six months.
“It is clear that the jet plane is being hired to facilitate the campaign of AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal in the forthcoming Assembly elections in several states at the cost of the Punjab exchequer, ” he stated.
Asserting that such acts of suppression had been condemnable, Badal stated SAD would oppose the transfer to rent aircraft for the air journey of Kejriwal tooth and nail. “This same money can be easily given to farmers to offset the losses suffered by them, ” he added.
The SAD President additionally condemned the way wherein AAP legislators had been forcing the state police to not take motion in opposition to drug smugglers and unlawful sand miners.
He stated the Tarn Taran district police chief had been shunted out as a result of he had arrested the AAP legislator’s brother-in-law for indulging in unlawful mining.
He stated equally AAP legislators had been additionally offering political safety to drug smugglers by taking cash from them. “This is why the drug menace has increased multifold during the AAP regime, ” he stated whereas additionally giving the instance of police brutality in opposition to a lawyer in Muktsar.