As we are aware, the Badal clan had completely and shamelessly politicized the entire civil and police administration mechanism of the state for the past ten years. The police particularly was grossly misused as a private militia by them to settle personal scores with their political opponents. Thousands of false cases under a well planned political vendetta drive were registered by the police at the behest of Akali leaders across the state, causing misery to the ordinary citizens. The sole aim of this erroneous and unconstitutional methodology adopted by the Akalis, was to strengthen their political outfit for cheap electoral gains.
It appears Capt. Amarinder Singh has made up his mind to put an end to all such unconstitutional measures and to depoliticize civil and police administration of Punjab. Few occurrences during the past days are indicative of this positive change.
For example, it is for the first time in many years that close aides of ruling party MLA Raja Warring, have been booked under criminal sections for assaulting and wrongful confinement of a vernacular journalist Shivraj Singh Raju. I am happy to note that the Chief Minister has directed the Mukatsar police to ensure justice to the aggrieved journalist and has at the same time warned his partymen not to interfere in the working of police. Similarly, the Chief Minister has also pulled up his party MLA from Khadoor Sahib Ramanjit Singh Sikki, for publically threatening the police to work in accordance with the wishes of his supporters. It is also heartening to note, that his Cabinet Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot had to tender a public apology for misbehaving with a lady principal of a school over the issue of a foundation stone. Besides warning his partymen, the Chief Minister has also directed police and civil officials not to buckle under political pressure and to carry out their work on merit.
In the same breath, I also appreciate Capt. Amarinder Singh’s initiative to scrap "Halqa-Incharge” system, ban red beacons and do away with the foundation stones ceremonies.
Having appreciated the good steps taken by the Chief Minister, I do urge him to reconsider the large number appointments of Advisors, OSD’s etc., which will not only burden the already devastated public exchequer but also amount to overriding the existing top heavy executive of Punjab. I also expect that the Chief Minister and his Ministers will not misuse the state helicopter for personal whims and fancies and they would honour their pre poll election manifesto promise in this regard.
In the end, I once again reiterate and hope that the Chief Minister would not deviate from his path of upholding constitutional working and will completely depoliticize police and civil administration. I am of the firm belief, that Punjab can only make tangible progress and move towards prosperity if we ensure the rule of law and justice, as the earlier model of total hijack of official machinery by the Badal family has only resulted in chaos, anarchy and lawlessness.
*MLA, Bholath Chief Whip, AAP