Chandigarh, July 28, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
The Punjab Congress today suffered a big jolt in the hometown of chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh with the party’s former district Congress chief Darshan Lal Sharma joining the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the presence of party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal here.
Mr Darshan Lal Sharma, who has served as the President of the prestigious Escort Industries Employees Federation, Bahadurgarh for twenty years, is also a Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress besides being a Block Samiti member for fifteen years.
Mr Sharma joined the SAD in the presence of senior leader former MP Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra and Harinder Singh Chandumajra. Former Gau Seva Dal President as well as former Patiala Youth Congress President Ashwani Gaggi also joined the SAD on the occasion. While welcoming the senior leader in the SAD, Mr Sukhbir Badal assured him due honour and respect. He said the indifferent attitude of the Congress top brass towards the real grass root leaders like Mr Sharma would result in an exodus from the Congress soon.
Interacting with the media on the occasion, the SAD President said with the CBI finally acting on a complaint of the union social welfare ministry and initiating a probe into the Rs 64 crore SC scholarship scam, chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh should sack Social Welfare minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot. He also demanded a criminal case be registered against Dharamsot followed by his arrest to ensure a free and fair probe into the entire case.
Mr Badal also condemned the NDA government for its utter insensitivity towards the genuine demands of the farmers. He said it was shocking that the union government trying to defame farmers by stating that they were not ready to hold talks on the three agricultural laws when the issue was that of repeal of the three black laws. “The entire farming community wants the three laws to be repealed. The government should do so and then hold talks on ways and means to give a further boost to the agricultural economy”.
The SAD President said SAD-BSP MPs had shown solidarity with farmers by holding a constant protest in parliament on this issue. “We will continue our protest till the union government does not accept the demands of the farmers”.
Speaking about Punjab, Mr Badal said lawlessness was on the rise and a sense of insecurity prevailed in the State. He said the government had wasted four and a half years and Punjab had been pushed back with no development occurring at all. “Similarly there has not been addition of any infrastructure of industry. Unemployment is not the rise even as the economy has been shattered”.