Alleging government’s failure, Congress demands President rule in Punjab
Even as Congress is opposing President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh and terming it murder of democracy, contradicting the party’s standards, former Punjab chief minister and senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has demanded that President’s rule be imposed in Punjab.
Citing incidents of sacrilege which led to large scale public protests, drug problem and financial mess in the state she claimed that Punjab government had completely failed and it was a perfect case for imposition of President’s rule.
However, when asked that Congress was opposing President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, then how could she advocate a similar step in Punjab, she said that Punjab was a border state and such law and order situation could not be allowed in the state for security reasons. But, when pointed that Arunachal was also a border state with China and considered much more sensitive from strategic point of view, she fumbled for words and to explain the contradiction in party’s stand on Arunachal and her demand for Punjab. She was speaking to media here at the residence of Congress leader Ashok Gupta on Friday.
She blamed Punjab government for failure for two terror attacks in Punjab – first in Dinanagar and then at Pathankot air base.
In a similar statement, Punjab chief Amarinder Singh demanded imposition of President’s rule in the state claiming law and order situation there is totally “out of control”.
“Given the anarchy let loose everywhere, Punjab is a fit case for President’s rule to restore confidence of people,” Amrinder said, referring to the attack on Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale and the killing of Mata Chand Kaur, and other incidents of violence reported from the state.