Congress urges President to dismiss Punjab government

New Delhi : The Congress on Wednesday demanded dismissal of the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance government in Punjab and imposition of President’s rule on account of “total administrative and constitutional failure” in the state.

Congress leaders Shakeel Ahmad, Harish Chaudhary, Pratap Singh Bajwa, Ambika Soni and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal joined a party delegation that submitted a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee here.

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In the memorandum, the Congress said the “father-son duo — Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal – has turned Punjab into darkness of gloom and despair due to their ruthless, insensitive, undemocratic, anti-people and oppressive methods”.

“There is no rule of law and the administration of justice has been completely eroded and subverted to suit their business and commercial interests,” it said in the memorandum.

“The bureaucracy and the police are colluding with the government and acting as managers to facilitate and promote the businesses of the Badal, Majithia, Kairon families,” it said.

The people of Punjab are frustrated, angry and the situation is so volatile and tense that it can explode any moment and go beyond control, the memorandum said.

The Congress also accused the Punjab government of trying to divert people’s attention from real issues by creating trouble in the bordering state.

The father-son duo along with Bikramjit Singh Majithia is surreptitiously “indulging in the design of invoking communal tensions to divert the attention of the people from the burning issues”, the Congress alleged.