Malerkotla (Sangrur) January 31, 2016: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today said that the absence of Sikh Regiment from this year's Republic Day parade was a grave omission.
"Particularly when President Francois Hollande of France, where the turban is banned at the public places, was the Chief Guest, there could not have been a better occasion to convey the importance of the turban to him", he said, while talking to reporters before holding an interaction with the youth and farmers of the area.
He regretted that even the Punjab government had once again failed to send its cultural contingent to present the glorious culture of the state during the parade. "The Akalis actually have no idea about the significance and importance of such occasions", he remarked.
Capt Amarinder reiterated that the Congress government will not only continue with the free power to the farmers but will also provide additional stimulus to the agricultural sector for its revival. He said, reviving agricultural economy of Punjab will lead to overall economic revival of the state.
Replying to a question he said that the Aam Aadmi Party posed no challenge to the Congress. He said, while the Akalis' exit was a forgone conclusion, the AAP stood no chance on the ground. He pointed out the AAP did not have any experienced or competent leader who could inspire confidence among the Punjabis.
On Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plans to move to Punjab, he said, he was welcome to do whatever he wanted. "But what will he tell the people of Delhi, who are already feeling let down and disillusioned with him and his government", he said, asking him at the same time to clarify his stand on various issues particularly the various disputes Punjab has with Haryana since he (Kejriwal) belongs to that state.
The PCC president also referred to the mess he has created in Delhi as how he has failed to handle the protests by the 'safai-sewaks' there. "When he can't handle a place like Delhi, which is as big as one of our districts in Punjab, how can he think of administering an entire state?" he asked.
Replying to a question during the interaction with farmers and the youth as how he can finish drug problem within four weeks, the former Chief Minister remarked, "I have said four weeks under oath of Gutka Sahab, but I will finish it much before that as I know who are the kingpins and masterminds and I know how to deal with them and set them right".
Targeting the Akali ministers, the PCC president said, once the Congress forms the government, it will order an inquiry against Tota Singh who, he said, is the main culprit in the supply of spurious pesticides to farmers that led to massive damage to cotton crop and massive losses to the farmers. "We won't let him get away with it ", he said.
Capt Amarinder also reiterated that all the prominent workers and leaders of the party will be suitably accommodated after the party forms the government. "I have made it clear to everybody that no MLA will be appointed chairman of any board, corporation or trust and these positions will be reserved for and filled with the party workers and leaders only", he said, adding the MLAs will be entitled to becoming ministers and chief parliamentary secretaries only.
Former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ms Razia Sultana was also present on the occasion.
Sunday, January 31, 2016