Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 12
The SAD-BJP alliance staged a protest against the Congress government in the state at the district health quarters here today. The protest was attended by former ministers Bikram Singh Majithia, Gulzar Singh Ranike, Anil Joshi, Rajya Sabha member Shwait Malik, mayor Bakshi Ram Arora and many other leaders of the SAD and the BJP.
Speaking on the occasion, Majithia said the Congress had not fulfilled even a single promise made before the elections. He said the government had promised to waive farmers’ loans without any condition, give jobs to the unemployed and increase pension and ‘shagun’ scheme benefits.
“This government considers only a grandson of a former CM and a cook of a minister as unemployed and worthy of jobs,” said Majithia, taking a jibe at the DSP’s job given to former CM Beant Singh’s grandson and allotment of sand mines to a cook of Rana Gurjit Singh, a Congress minister.
He said during the SAD-BJP rule, Congress leaders had been decrying high prices of sand and now within three months of the new government assuming office, they have increased the sand prices by four to five times.
Rajya Sabha member Shwait Malik said the Congress government in the state had failed miserably. He said crime, atrocities against Dalits and women had increased in the past three months. The government had failed to provide good governance to the people and its ministers were indulging in high-handedness.
He said based on news reports, 17 instances of vendetta against SAD-BJP workers had occurred in the state during the past three months. The leaders later submitted a memorandum to district administration officials, listing their various demands.
The demands included removal of Rana Gurjit Singh from the Cabinet, a CBI enquiry in sand-mining allotment, cancellation of all bids of sand allotments, waving of farmers’ loans and many others.
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