Chandigarh, September 27, 2022 (Yes Punjab News)
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) legislature wing today condemned the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for tabling a confidence motion in the Vidhan Sabha through the backdoor solely to politicize the bribery allegations made by it against the BJP to derive political benefit in the upcoming Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat assembly elections.
Talking to newsmen outside the assembly SAD legislature party leader Manpreet Singh Ayali said the confidence motion was also tabled to divert attention from the core issues of Punjab. He questioned the necessity of moving the confidence motion in the Vidhan Sabha when no opposition party legislator had made any such demand.
“Moreover the AAP government enjoys the support of 92 legislators out of 117 and moving this resolution indicates it wants to play politics instead of addressing the genuine concerns of Punjabis”.
Asserting that the AAP government had moved the confidence motion through the backdoor, Mr Ayali said “I attended the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee and there was no mention of moving any confidence motion during discussions held to finalize the agenda of the house”.
Speaking about the alleged bribery allegations made against the BJP that AAP legislators were offered Rs 25 crore each to switch sides, Mr Ayali said “even though a complaint in this regard was submitted to the State DGP on September 14 no action has been taken in the case till now. The names of the persons who offered the bribes have not been disclosed till now nor has any arrest taken place in the case”.
Asserting that AAP had run away from discussing crucial issues concerning the State and its people, Mr Ayali said it was most unfortunate that no time had been given to the SAD to speak in the Vidhan Sabha. “The government should have the capacity to listen also instead of just saying its bit and adjourning the house”.
He said a number of issues including the crisis in the agriculture sector as well as breakdown of law and order, increased drug menace and illegal mining should have been taken up for discussion. SAD legislators Dr Sukhwinder Kumar and Ganieve Kaur Majithia were also present on the occasion.
Earlier SAD youth workers marched to the Vidhan Sabha and courted arrest demanding the issue of farmers including grant of compensation for crop damage, release of Rs 1,500 per acre to farmers who went in for direct seeding of paddy and compensation to dairy farmers for loss of milch animals due to Lumpy Skin Disease be discussed instead of playing politics.
The youth workers, who were led by Parambans Singh Romana and Kanwarjit Singh Barkandi, also demanded that the AAP government release Rs 3,000 per month to unemployed youth in Punjab as it had promised in Himachal Pradesh. They also demanded that the AAP government fulfill its promises including giving jobs to youth and releasing Rs 1,000 per month to all women in the State.