Chandigarh, September 25, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) delegation, under the leadership of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Punjab Assembly, Harpal Singh Cheema, on Wednesday met the governor of Punjab, VP Singh Badnore, and sought disqualification of the six MLAs appointed advisors to the chief minister to cabinet rank covered under the office of profit. The delegation also sought his intervention to secure pardon to farmer leader Manjit Singh Dhaner, who had been awarded life imprisonment.
Those who were a part of the high-powered delegation, included, Kultar Singh Sandhwan, Principal Budh Ram, Bibi Sarbjit Kaur Manuke, Aman Arora, Jai Krishan Singh Rori, Kulwant Singh Pandori, (All MLAs) Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, Manjit Singh Bilaspur, Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, Baljinder Singh Chaunda Core Committee Member, Dalbir Singh Dhillon, Core Committee Members Harchand Singh Bursat, Manjit Singh Sidhu (State Media Head), Master Prem Kumar, Gurwinder Singh.
The delegation, in its memorandum submitted to the governor, stated that the appointment of six Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs), namely Kushaldeep Singh Kikki Dhillon, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, Inderbir Singh Bularia, Kuljit Singh Nagra, Sangat Singh Giljia, and Tarsem Singh DC, as his advisers (Cabinet rank portfolios) made by the Captain Government, was a blatant violation of the constitution (covered under the office of profit), besides being an additional financial burden on the state exchequer.
The delegation further added that the unconstitutional appointments were made by the chief minister, apparently to nip the tide of revolt brewing up among the elected members of the Congress party, as also to save his own chair, saying that an ordinance/ bill was being brought in to legalize these appointments with retrospective effect. They urged the governor to grant approval to the ordinance only if he deemed it was not violative of the constitution.
The delegation, through the memorandum, said that due to the indifferent attitude of the Captain Amarinder Singh government, the ETT and TET qualified male and female teachers in the state were left to protest on the roads and were forced to mount the overhead water reservoirs jeopardizing their lives to ventilate their resentment against non-acceptance of their demands for providing jobs to them.
Elaborating on the issue, the delegation expressed its dismay over the sorry state of affairs, saying the youth of Punjab was hooked to drugs due to unemployment as the government has failed to live up to its ‘ghar-ghar-naukri’ narrative, saying the farmers and farm hands were committing suicides, day in and day out, due to heavy debt on their heads as the government had reneged on its promise of loan waiver while elderly, widows and the disabled in the state were awaiting the grant of Rs 2500 as pension.
Millions of children in schools were not provided mid-day meals while those at Anganwadi centers were going without ‘dalia’ (puddings). Every section of the society, including businessmen and entrepreneur/traders, were crying for justice, as the Captain government had failed to fulfill its poll promises citing financial crisis, while on the other hand, it was splurging crores of rupees on appointing advisers, the memorandum added.
The AAP delegation demanded that the unconstitutional appointments of six MLAs as advisors to the chief minister be declared null and void in the interest of the state which was already battling financial crisis. The delegation also demanded the dismissal of the Captain Government under Article 356 of the Constitution for making a departure from the constitutions.
The delegation also urged the governor to intervene and secure pardon to farmer leader Manjit Singh Dhaner, who had been awarded life imprisonment, as the issue concerned sentiments of millions of people of, besides Barnala district, Punjab, adding that the Kiranjit murder action committee, Mahal Kalan, some other farmers bodies and the state-level action committee were already fighting for the grant of pardon to the farmer leader Manjit Singh Dhaner.
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