Amarinder Singh demands President’s Rule in Punjab
CHANDIGARH: After making all Congress MLAs to resign from the Punjab assembly, in the wake of the SYL verdict, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh has demanded imposition of President’s Rule in the state.
Describing Badal as a “mischievous character” who will try to cause trouble in the state to further his vested political interests, Captain Amarinder called for early elections in the poll-bound state. “Let there be elections in December,” Captain Amarinder told media-persons after sending his resignation from the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat to the Speaker in the wake of the Supreme Court judgement, favouring Haryana in the SYL case.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday asked Congress leader Amarinder Singh and his party legislators from Punjab, who quit over the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal dispute with Haryana, as to why other Congress MPs had not resigned to express solidarity with them.
“It’s ironical that as polls for the state assembly are due within a few months, all the Congress MLAs have resigned, but MPs have shied away as they have fairly enough time to end their tenure,” Badal alleged.
“We will go to the people over this issue,” the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president declared, adding that, having failed to safeguard the interests of the people of Punjab, Badal will now try to cause trouble, and so, “the sooner he’s out of power, the better for the state.”
The already fragile situation in the state has been aggravated as a result of this development and is ripe for mischievous elements to whip up trouble, said Captain Amarinder, adding that terrorist groups from across the border could exploit the situation to create mayhem ahead of the elections. “To avoid this, the state should be immediately placed under the Governor’s rule and elections should be held by December,” he added.
Reacting to reports that the Badal government was planning to hold a special session of the Assembly to pass a Bill now in a bid to rescue the state from the crisis it has been plunged into, Captain Amarinder said the Akalis had 10 years to resolve the issue, which they failed to address.
“It’s too late for them to be thinking of ways and means to wriggle out of the situation that is of their own making,” said the PPCC president. “Had the Badal government fought the case properly, keeping Punjab’s interests in view, the situation might have been different today,” he added.