Monthly Archives: MARCH 2016
AAP welcomes the Justice Katju 'People’s Commission' report into the Behbal Kalan police firing
AAP welcomes the report of ‘People’s commission’ headed by Justice Markandey Katju and demands its implementation in letter and spirit, said the party spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira.
As we aware, votaries of human rights in Punjab had set up a people’s commission under the supervision of Justice Markandey Katju, to enquire into the illegitimate police firing at Behbal Kalan in the month of October 2015.
Needless to mention, Justice Katju who retired as a judge of the Supreme Court and Chairman of Press Council of India, carries the reputation of a truthful and an honest legal luminary and social activist. The Katju commission was formed to enquire into the killing of two innocent Sikh youth at Behbal Kalan (Faridkot), in the aftermath of repeated incidents of sacrilege of Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji. People of Punjab were up in arms against the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and were peacefully demanding strict action against the guilty. But unfortunately the Badal government instead of arresting the guilty persons responsible for the sacrilege, ordered an indiscriminate firing and lathicharge on innocent people at Behbal Kalan on 14 October 2015. The police firing left two innocent Sikh youth Krishan Avtar Singh and Gurjeet Singh dead on the spot, while scores of women, men and old people were seriously injured in the brutal use of force.
Khaira said in a statement that It is astonishing and surprising that the Badal government failed to identify the killers of these innocent Sikh youth and the FIR into Behbal Kalan police firing, remains against unidentified persons till date. This is nothing but the mockery of law as it were the police officers in uniform who had killed the innocent Sikh youth.
He furher sataed that the Badal government in order to hoodwink the agitated people of Punjab had set up the Justice Zora Singh Commission, to look into the firing incident. It has been a usual practice for the senior Badal to appoint such premeditated and politically motivated commissions of enquiry, in order to get a clean chit from them. Earlier, Badal had appointed Justice AN Jindal Commission into the Maluka book scandal, that gave a clean chit to the corrupt Minister despite blatant evidence against him.
Khaira alleged that the said Justice Zora Singh Commission has been appointed by Badal, after a commitment of giving a clean chit to the guilty police officers and his son Sukhbir Badal as the Home Minister of Punjab. Hence, AAP trashes and outrightly rejects the government sponsored Zora Singh Commission, as it has been formed only to protect guilty persons and sign on dotted lines of the government.
Therefore, Aam Aadmi Party welcomes the report of People's Commission by Justice Markandey Katju and urges the government to implement the said report in letter and spirit, to ensure justice to the aggrieved families and victims of police firing at Behbal Kalan. It supports the contention of the Katju Commission for strict action against police officers who ordered the firing without a magistrate being present on the scene. AAP also demands to make public the call records the then SSP Faridkot, who probably got the firing orders from none other but the junior Badal Deputy CM cum Home Minister. AAP also supports the recommendation of Rs. 1 crore compensation and a government job to the families of the deceased, said the statement.
CM to lay foundation of Bhagat Ravidass Memorial at Khuralgarh on April 3
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today reviewed the arrangements for the foundation stone laying ceremony of Guru Ravidass Memorial, to come up at Khuralgarh in Hoshiarpur district at a cost of Rs 125 crore, on April 3, 2016.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's office said that a meeting in this regard was held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister here at Punjab Bhawan, this morning.
Taking part in deliberations, the Chief Minister exhorted the leaders of SAD-BJP and the top brass of the government to elicit huge participation of the people from different walks of life on this historic event. Badal said that this world class memorial would be a humble but befitting tribute to Guru Ravidass, which would act as a lighthouse to perpetuate the life and teachings of this great Guru. He said that Guru Ravidass was a great spiritual ambassador and messiah of the poor and unprivileged sections of the society taught us to lead a virtuous and noble life adding that his life and philosophy still continues to guide humanity towards an egalitarian society.
The Chief Minister said that this memorial would be an architectural marvel, which once completed would have a spacious congregation hall having a capacity to accommodate ten thousand pilgrims and a state-of-the art auditorium equipped with all the modern audio-visual aids to showcase the life works of Guru Ravidass. He said that the auditorium would accommodate nearly 500 pilgrims during any function or event. Badal further said that the hallmark of this world class memorial would be a tall erected structure ‘Minar-e-Begampura’ which would be of 151 feet high.
Terming that Guru Ravidass Memorial would be world class monument, the Chief Minister called upon the people to celebrate this mega event collectively with great enthusiasm thereby rising above the parochial considerations of caste, color, creed and religion in order to demonstrate the ethos of secularism and religious tolerance. Badal also asked the organizing committee to ensure the participation of the heads of all religious sects besides the eminent spiritual leaders of the country.
Reiterating his firm commitment to perpetuate the glorious cultural heritage of the state, the Chief Minister also announced to dedicate three upcoming state-of-the art monuments Jang-e-Azaadi, War Heroes Memorial and Ram Tirath Temple to the nation in current year.
‘Thanks to Badal playing double game on SYL, we lost in SC what we gained in Vidhan Sabha’: Capt Amarinder
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today said that had Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal not played the double game on the SYL issue, Punjab’s legal position would have been stronger.
"Thanks to his (Badal’s) playing the double game on the SYL issue, we lost in the Supreme Court what we had gained in the Vidhan Sabha”, the former Chief Minister, who had enacted the Termination of Agreements Act in 2004 that saved Punjab’s waters from being given to other non-Riparian states, said in a statement issued here today.
"Badal, like an old fox, and in his characteristic way played the double game by first getting the bill passed in the Vidhan Sabha but not sending it to the Governor for his assent apparently to provide crucial time to Haryana to approach the Supreme Court which ordered the status quo thus nullifying everything that was done in the Vidhan Sabha with Congress support”, he pointed out, while asking the Badals, "so what is there to celebrate about it?”
He recalled and referred to the Termination of Agreements Act passed during his time in 2004 where it became a law within a span of less than six hours only. "We passed the bill during the noon, got the Governor’s assent in the afternoon and notified it before the evening the same day”, he pointed out, while suspecting Badal’s intentions.
The former Chief Minister observed, no matter how much Badal may claim credit on SYL, the actual fact remains that he has always betrayed the Punjab’s interest. He pointed out, it was Badal who accepted Rs 2 crores in 1977 from the then Haryana Chief Minister Devi Lal for constructing the canal.
Capt Amarinder also took a dig at the Chief Minister and his Deputy Chief Minister son Sukhbir Badal for getting themselves declared to be "messiah of farmers” and "saviour of waters” respectively, when actually they had betrayed the people on both counts.
"It is amusing that they are trying to celebrate the defeat, when actually they should feel sorry and ashamed”, he remarked, while pointing out, how farmers were killing themselves and committing suicide under Badal’s rule, the self proclaimed "messiah”.
Be prepared for the tough battle ahead to safeguard the river waters: Badal
Giving a clarion call to people of the state to prepare themselves for tough battle ahead to safeguard the river waters of the state, the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today unequivocally declared that the Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal would not allowed to be constructed at any cost and under any circumstances.
Addressing a mammoth gathering during religious congregation to mark the commemoration of historic Hola Mohalla here today, the Chief Minister without mincing any words said that it was high time to make supreme sacrifices rather than allowing the construction of SYL canal as it would divest the people of Punjab of their legitimate rights over the river waters, in blatant violation of the nationally and internationally accepted Riparian Principle. Committing his party and government to the strongest measures needed in order to protect the interests of the people of Punjab, Badal appealed to Punjabis to prepare themselves for tough battles ahead for the purpose.
The Chief Minister said that he had recently declared to safeguard the river waters of the state at any cost in accordance with the Riparian Principles in the august house of Punjab Vidhan Sabha adding that from this sacred land of martyrs today he declares that any such decision aimed at robbing the state and its people of their rights was, is and would never be accepted to me and SAD-BJP alliance. Badal expressed gratitude to the state BJP leadership especially Cabinet Minister Madan Mohan Mittal and state BJP Chief Kamal Sharma, who had fully supported the state’s cause for river waters.
Recalling the long ordeal of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for waging a relentless battle to protect the interests of the state, the Chief Minister assailed the Congress for depriving the genuine rights especially related to river waters during their successive governments at the centre. He chided the state Congress leadership for being mute spectators that surrendered haplessly before their party high command in brazen defiance of the interests of the state and its people. As a testimony to their betrayal towards the state and its people the then Chief Minister of Congress Darbara Singh along with Captain Amarinder Singh, who was MP at that time, accompanied the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for performing earth breaking ceremony of the SYL Canal, at Kapoori in 1982.
Referring to Punjab Termination of Agreements Act 2004, which Congressmen claimed as their major contribution, the Chief Minister said that all the Agreements which were terminated through this Act, were done by the Congress governments. Thus the Act was a mere admission of guilt by the Congress government headed by Captain Amarinder Singh. This Termination Act terminated nothing but the agreements signed by the Congress governments alone themselves. He said the passage of this agreement was in fact an unintentional admission of guilt by the Congress government.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister were honored for championing the cause of peasantry by bestowing ‘Kissana da Messiah’ and ‘Paaniyaan da Raakha’ award. As a token of honor and services rendered by them for well being of peasantry, the Chief Minister was presented a ‘Wooden Plough’ whereas Deputy Chief Minister was given a model of "Well”.
In his speech, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal today strongly castigated Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for playing dirty politics on SYL issue which is of utmost importance to the state. He said that both congress and AAP have displayed height of political opportunism and their dubious role has come to the fore on crucial SYL issue. He said that while Punjab Vidhan Sabha was deliberating on SYL issue and bill to de-notify the land acquired from farmers for SYL was being brought, congress MLAs resorted to dirty tactics of staging walkouts. Taking on AAP, Deputy CM said that its convener and Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal gave statement supporting Punjab’s stand on SYL but changed his tune as soon he reached Delhi which was equivalent to stabbing Punjabi people in the back.
Sukhbir advocates Bharat Ratna for Shaheed Bhagat Singh
Ferozepur : While advocating the Bharat Ratna for Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh, Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that it would be a real tribute to our great martyr. He was here to pay tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Rajguru, Shaheed Sukhdev, Raj Mata and B K Dutt. He also inaugurated the Amar Shaheed Jyoti at Hussainiwala.
On this occasion, the Deputy CM said that the International Airport at Mohali would be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh as after getting consent of Punjab and Haryana, the centre government has already taken decision in this regard. Sukhbir said that Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s sacrifice for our country holds highest regard in freedom struggle. He said that the Bharat Ratna would be the real tribute to Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh. He said that for educating the people visiting Hussainiwala about its historical importance, a light and sound system would be set up here soon.
Badal said that it’s a matter of great pride that out of total sacrifices in freedom struggle, contribution of Punjabis was more than 80 percent and for paying tribute to their sacrifices, the Punjab government is constructing Jang-E-Azadi Memorial in the state. He said that only those communities succeed which remember and take care of their history and culture and that is why, under the leadership of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, several memorials have been constructed in the state.
The DCM said that in last nine years time, the SAD-BJP led Punjab government has started several welfare schemes and several policies have been formulated for different sections of the society and the development wheel is moving on full swing in Punjab.