The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) on Friday lashed out at SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal for his highly derogatory comments against Punjab’s people after his party’s crushing defeat in the recent assembly polls.
Reacting sharply to Sukhbir’s statement in which he compared the electorate to a "person who eats too much and then throws up”, a PPCC spokesperson said by demeaning the voters so shamefully, the SAD leader had shown complete lack of respect for them.
In a hard-hitting statement here, the PPCC spokesperson said the disparaging remarks of Sukhbir, who said his government had given people "too much to eat”, reflected the utter disdain with which the SAD leadership treated the common man, who had been pushed to the brink of desperation by the anti-people policies of the Badal regime.
Coming down heavily on the condescending tone of Sukhbir’s reported statement, in which he claimed his government gave people "liberal gains, grids and water channels,” the spokesperson said whatever little the Badal government gave to the people was their rightful due, paid through the state exchequer to which the people themselves had contributed.
The people of Punjab are not beggars to whom the Badals gave alms, said the spokesperson, adding that by relegating SAD to a poor third in the elections, the people of Punjab had rejected their pre-poll dole-outs, which they had desperately started handing out to the voters just ahead of the polls. The Punjab electorate had seen through their gimmick, said the spokesperson, adding that the Badals’ feudal way of functioning, coupled with the reign of terror unleashed on the people by their cronies and halqa in-charges, had spelt the death-knell for the party in these polls.
The people in a democratic set-up like India expect to be treated with respect and humility, and not with a despotic and tyrannical approach, by their elected representatives, said the spokesperson, warning Sukhbir against using such pejorative language in describing the voters, at whose mercy the Badal government had survived the past 10 years.
"It is the people who have fed you these last 10 years, and not you had given them anything to eat. If anything, you took away the morsels of food from their mouths and those of their children as a result of the widespread unemployment under your rule,” the spokesperson told Sukhbir.