On the fourth day of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, the Congress attacked the the ruling party, led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, on their business empire and dwindling position of the state on the list of most prosperous states.
Party’s Dera Baba Nanak MLA, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa touched upon several issues including drugs, dynasty, incidents involving Badals’ buses, pesticide scam, vigilance cases that failed after witnessed turned hostile, while debating the resolution of passing of Punjab Governor’s address, moved by Akali member, Jagir Kaur.
“Jithon da raja vyapari, uthon di praja bhikhari (When a state is ruled by a businessman, its people turn beggars).” He referred to the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as Dhritrashtra of Punjab, who blindfolded himself to so look away from the injustice being meted out.
He took a dig at the Badals for the dynasty rule saying they would criticise the Congress for the same but the Cabinet meetings of the government appear as if the family had gathered for a meeting.
Launching a scathing attack on Agriculture Minister Tota Singh for the pesticide scam, Randhawa said, “Chitti makhi narma kha gayi te Tota Punjab di kisani kha gaya’ (White fly consumed cotton crop and Tota Singh consumed Punjab farming).
He pointed to the incident in which a young girl was killed by one of the buses and the ex-gratia was given by the government. Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, the countered him calling his speech to be a bundle of lies, as it was the transport company that compensated the family.
On the issue of drugs, Randhawa said, the drugs were sold under the patronage of Akalis, “At Pathankot also, a consignment of drugs was to come but something else came,” he said referring to the terrorists who came crossing the border.
Sukhbir objected Randhawa’s attack on Vigilance Bureau cases falling flat after witnesses turning hostile, when Sukhbir said the Congress member was casting aspersions on the judgment of Judges.
He said, false cases were registered against Badals by the Congress government and that the officials later told the courts that they were forced by Congress to complain. Akali MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha, raised the issue of Congress staying away from Khadoor Sahib byelection after playing politics on Guru Granth Sahib.