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DEMAND FOR ‘NUREMBERG TRIALS’
Badals and Amarinder responsible for the collapse of Power sector in Punjab: Bir Devinder Singh
14.01.20 - Team PT
Badals and Amarinder responsible for the collapse of Power sector in Punjab: Bir Devinder Singh



Former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Bir Devinder Singh today took a dig at SAD President, Sukhbir Singh Badal for boasting to have made Punjab a surplus state in the power sector during Badal dispensations while the power sector in Punjab is on the verge of virtual collapse.

SAD (Taksali) Sr Vice President, Bir Devinder Singh blamed in a statement, the lustful greed of the Badal family and Capt. Amarinder Singh for the fall of the power sector in Punjab as not only their lopsided policies to handle the power generation in Punjab but their clandestine commercial interests in all the deals of the power sector too made things worst.

He further said that both these families when in power systematically ensured the closer of the Public sector thermal plants in Punjab to give providence to the private sector for their vested commercial interests. They arbitrarily signed the power purchase agreements with the private players on exorbitant rates little realizing the critical fallout of such asymmetrical deals on the fragile fiscal health of Punjab. They both looted the power sector turn by turn with impunity for their vested interests and siphoned off the money either to their family businesses or parked the ill-gotten money in foreign Banks in their off-shore secret accounts. This is why the Punjab today is facing the ignominy of a failed State. But on the contrary both these families, Badals and the Royals of Patiala, flourished beyond imagination at the cost of the destruction of Punjab.

Unfortunately the Punjab, one of the top most States of India has become a fiscal wreck gradually, thanks to the successive regimes of Badals and Royals of Patiala, stated Bir Devinder Singh.

He further said the discernible decline in the power sector began in the period from I997 to 2002, when Parkash Singh Badal negotiated and signed the first Power Purchase Agreement for Goindwal Sahib Thermal Plant. It is pertinent to mention here that  initially the cost of the Goindwal Sahib Thermal Plant with the capacity to generate 1000 megawatts  of power was estimated at Rs 5000 crore but most ironically it was revised by the successive regimes under the pretext of renegotiating the PPA. The cost ultimately went ridiculously up from Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 25,000 Crore. Let Sukhbir Singh Badal and Capt. Amarinder Singh explain this deal alone, on a public platform.

Bir Devinder Singh challenged both, Sukhbir Badal and Punjab CM for an open debate on the complete collapse of the ‘power regime’ in a ‘Town Hall’ which could be moderated by any credible Media House known for its neutrality or any other platform of the sort. He claimed that such a debate on the public platform would expose all the nexus responsible. Till then the unilaterally enhanced atrocious power tariff for domestic consumers and industrial sector be called off. Why should general public in Punjab suffer because of the voracious greed of these politically outdated skeletons, the dinosaurs of their times? he asked. 

Bir Devinder Singh further stated that if they have not committed any sin against the people of Punjab and plead innocence then they should jointly come forward to pass an unanimous resolution on the floor of the Punjab assembly requesting the Punjab and Haryana High Court to constitute an Accountability Tribunal to probe the collapse of the power Sector in Punjab, consisting of at least three sitting High Court Judges from outside Punjab.  

The Accountability Tribunal, constituted as such should identify the individuals who were at helms from time to time and who have committed obstinate errors with impunity for their vested interests. After such a judicious exercise and the scrutiny with  precision, the persons found guilty must be subjected to the ‘Nuremberg Trials’ for betraying the fundamental interests of Punjab, said Bir Devinder Singh.
 

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BADALS' PTC NETWORK ARM-TWISTING SGPC
It is blasphemy, No one can claim exclusive right to Shabad and Gurbani from Darbar Sahib
12.01.20 - Bir Devinder Singh*
It is blasphemy, No one can claim exclusive right to Shabad and Gurbani from Darbar Sahib



It’s appalling that PTC Network has got blocked the Morning Hukamnama pronounced from the sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib Amritsar early in the morning every day, on some Facebook Pages, including the audio of the Hukamnama that was being sourced from SGPC website, claiming exclusive rights backed by an agreement signed with the SGPC.

Since the Shabad is the fundamental source of spiritual inspiration for the Sikh consciousness and also the total construct of the Sikh being, therefore even the SGPC can’t have any exclusive rights on audio of Gurbani emanating from Darbar Sahib that disseminates spiritual vibrations for the entire mankind. 
 
Since the shrine, ‘The Darbar Sahib’, belongs to all the believers of the Sikh faith therefore the message of Sri Guru Granth Sahib cannot be monopolized by any corporate House under any agreement, whatsoever.
 
How could PTC dictate terms on audio content being made available by SGPC to the entire Sikh Sangat on its website? The SGPC must make public for the common knowledge of the Sikh Sangat, all the terms and salient features of the misleading and highly deceptive agreement which has been signed with PTC Network. 
 
It is a grave act of blasphemy and a brutal contempt committed by the SGPC against the basic postulates of the Sikh faith. I wonder, who allowed SGPC, such a surrender of the fundamental values of the Sikh faith to a private company or a corporate house?

How could SGPC give exclusive rights on the ‘Shabad’ being sung at Darbar Sahib to a corporate house, just because the ‘Badal family’ has overwhelming stakes in the company?  Tangible steps must be taken immediately to rescind such a profane agreement.

It’s reprehensible that Sukhbir Singh Badal during ‘Badal dispensation’ in Punjab sold almost all the vital property assets of the state of Punjab and now from this case it’s obvious that they have even sold broadcasting rights of Shabad Gurbani from Darbar Sahib, for their vested commercial interests to a TV channel owned by them.

Intriguingly the state Congress just made it an issue before the assembly polls in 2017 and subsequently passed a specific resolution in the Punjab Assembly for ending exclusive rights of PTC on telecasting Gurbani from Darbar Sahib.  But most unfortunately not a ripple moved, as sequel to the specific resolution in the Punjab assembly.
 
The deliberate silence of Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh over the issue; substantiate and authentically validates once again the deeper corroborating understanding between Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and the Badal family. It is quite obvious now that they have common commercial interests and unashamedly complement each other’s attempts to grab wealth by all fair and foul means. The Pradesh Congress must come clean on such a sensitive issue.

The jathedars of the Sikh Takhtas, particularly Sri Akal Takhat must take immediate cognizance of such a serious matter and decide the matter once for all whether any corporate House could monopolize the telecast of Gurbani from the sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib by having the exclusive rights over it?

 
 

(*The author is a former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and a politician celebrated for his grasp on legislative affairs.)

 

 


 
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 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

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BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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AKAL TAKHT JATHEDAR’S REMARKS ON SIKHS’ SAFETY
Amarinder asks SAD to listen to Jathedar, quit NDA
07.01.20 - Team PT
Amarinder asks SAD to listen to Jathedar, quit NDA



Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday expressed deep concern over Akal Takht Acting Jathedar’s remarks that Sikhs were not safe even in India, and asked the Takht to put pressure on the Akalis to sever all ties with the ruling alliance at the Centre, which had been unable to ensure a sense of safety among the minorities in the country.

While he himself did not agree with the Akal Takht Jathedar’s remarks that Sikhs were not safe in India, the Chief Minister said that if the former did feel that way then he should take up the matter with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and ask them to leave the BJP-led coalition government at the Centre, of which they are a part.

Unlike Pakistan, India had always taken pride in being a secular nation, with no discrimination on religious grounds, said Captain Amarinder, adding that any feeling among the Sikh community that they were not secure here was a matter of grave concern. If Sikhs were feeling insecure in this country, as stated by the Acting Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Harpreet Singh, then it was the dispensation at the Centre which was to blame, he stressed.
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Given that the Akalis claim to be the custodians of the Sikh religion, and the community, they should take a stand on the issue, and SAD chief Sukhbir Badal should also ask his wife, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, to resign immediately as a Union Minister, the Chief Minister. 

Captain Amarinder said that while some incidents here and there could not be construed to be a case of Sikhs not being safe in India, perception was as important as reality. The Sikhs had lived through a very dark period in the 1980s and any feeling of being at the receiving end in any way would revive their sense of fear, which would be detrimental to the community’s interest, as well as that of the nation, he added.

As Chief Minister of a Sikh dominated state, he himself had always ensured that the community’s interests were protected not just in Punjab but in other states also, said Captain Amarinder, recalling his personal intervention in cases of victimization of Sikhs wherever it might have taken place.

Citing SAD’s hypocrisy on the issue of CAA, Captain Amarinder asked the Akalis to take a clear stand on issues relating to minorities in India and stop playing double games on such matters. It is time they realised that they could not continue being part of the coalition at the Centre, which had failed to protect the minorities in the country, and yet claim to be guardians of these very minorities, he added.


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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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HEIGHT OF IGNORANCE & STUPIDITY
Amarinder slams Harsimrat and Akalis for politicising attacks on Sikhs in Pak
06.01.20 - Team PT
Amarinder slams Harsimrat and Akalis for politicising attacks on Sikhs in Pak



Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday lambasted the Akalis for their shameless politicisation of the recent attacks on Sikhs and their religious institutions in Pakistan, and their attempt to link the condition of minorities in Pakistan with the unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
 
The Chief Minister came down heavily on the Akalis, particularly Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s abominable bid to use the killing of a Sikh youth and the attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan to carry out her political battle against the Congress. He was referring to Harsimrat’s tweets in which she had sought to promote the CAA in the context of the persecution of minorities in Pakistan, and has attacked him (Captain Amarinder) and the Indian National Congress leadership over their criticism of CAA.
 
"This is the height of ignorance and stupidity,” said the Chief Minister, reacting to Harsimrat’s tweets. "The CAA, coupled with National Register for Citizens (NCR) is the kind of tool with which minorities in India will be persecuted even more than those in Pakistan are,” he said, adding that it was apparent that the Union Minister had no clue about the implications of CAA or the damage it will cause to India’s secular character, particularly in conjunction NRC. 
Amarinder Singh said that the brazen attacks on minorities, including Sikhs, in Pakistan were so appalling as to be indefensible. As if these attacks were not shocking enough, Harsimrat and the rest of the Akali leadership had stooped to a shocking low by using them to defend the CAA and target the Congress party, he added.
 
The Chief Minister also lashed out at the double-speak of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on the issue of CAA/NRC, pointing out that just days back, Akali chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had said asked for minorities to be included in the purview of the CAA. "Don’t they have any clear stand on the issue?” he asked, adding that these kind of conflicting statements exposed the double standards of the Akalis on this grave issue of national importance.
 
Making it clear that neither he nor the Congress were against granting citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs etc being persecuted in other countries, the Chief Minister reiterated his stand against isolation of Muslims and other religions from the CAA cover. There should be no discrimination on religious grounds, he said, adding that nor just Sikhs but other minorities facing persecution elsewhere should be welcome to come and settle in India.
 
The SAD was clearly playing to the gallery, and hoping to leverage the Pakistani Sikhs issue, to promote their political interests, as was evident from their representation to the External Affairs Minister today, said Captain Amarinder.
 
Considering that SAD is part of the NDA government at the Centre, it would be more apt for them to put pressure on their alliance partner, the BJP, to be more proactive in handling the situation arising out of the anti-Sikh attacks in Pakistan, the Chief Minister stressed. Further, it would be more in order for the SAD and its alliance partners at the Centre to take steps to ensure the safety and security of the minorities within India, he added.

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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)
We are neither naive nor misguided: Amarinder's message to Law Minister
03.01.20 - Team PT
We are neither naive nor misguided: Amarinder's message to Law Minister



Taking exception to the Union Law & Justice Minister’s remarks on the subject, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has come out in support of the resolution passed by the Kerala Legislative Assembly seeking amendment to the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), terming it the voice of the people, and urging the Centre to heed the same.

In an open letter to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Chief Minister countered the former’s recent remarks in which he had "discounted the position being taken by some of the States against the CAA” and "called upon such politicians to seek appropriate legal advice before taking such a stand.”

Asserting that the said States had already taken the necessary legal advice, Amarinder Singh said the Kerala Assembly’s resolution represented the will and wisdom of the people, as spoken through their elected representatives. "Such MLAs represent the voice of the people at large,” he said, adding that it was not only a matter of Parliamentary privilege but the constitutional duty of those representatives to make known such views. 

Declaring that as heads of responsible state governments "we are neither naive nor misguided”, the Chief Minister said laws could not be forcibly imposed on citizens, and like all powers, even the Parliamentary power was coupled with the duty to exercise it responsibly.
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According to Amarinder Singh, by insisting that only Parliament under Article 245 had the legislative power to pass laws as regards Citizenship, and not the State Governments, the Law Minister had entirely missed the point of the resolution passed by the Kerala Legislative Assembly. "It has not passed any citizenship law. It urges the Government of India (through Parliament where it now has a majority) to amend the CAA,” he pointed out.

"Surely, you, both as Minister of Law as well as a lawyer, know that the resolution is rightly directed, as it is Parliament which must amend/repeal such law based on a proposal/ Bill mooted by the Government of India,” Captain quipped.

The Chief Minister also took a dig to the Law Minister’s remarks reminding the States of their "constitutional" duty to implement such laws.  The leaders of such States had won their elections and taken oaths of office under the Constitution of India, he noted. 

Drawing the Minister’s attention to the Preamble of the Constitution, Amarinder reminded him that he was a lawyer, and should "know that the word ‘Secular’ was one of the three words specifically introduced into the Preamble by the 42nd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1976. Given that the very fabric of our Constitution requires secular conduct, the Minister was actually asking the States to abide by the very foundation of the Constitution, he observed.

Captain Amarinder Singh dubbed the Union Minister’s continuous disclaimer that the CAA does not in any manner affect Indian Muslims as "a public /political stand which you are forced to take out of compulsion of office.”

"Surely (and again as a lawyer yourself) you would be alive to the raging debate that the CAA fails the test of Article 14 of the Constitution of India, which guarantees to all persons equality before law and equal protection of laws, irrespective of their religion,” said the Chief Minister. If the CAA seeks to protect religious persecution, then such protection should be available to persons of all religious minorities, from all countries where people may face religious persecution, he emphasized, citing the example of Uganda as a country from where Hindus were ousted during the Idi Amin regime.
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Citing the sensitive border location of Punjab, the Chief Minister also expressed another serious concern with respect to the CAA, noting that the Act’s language "does even require that any illegal migrant seeking its benefit need be of Indian origin in any manner.” All they have to be is from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan, he pointed out, adding that this could be a citizen or even a resident, or even a temporary person in transit through these countries. 

"Since the CAA has no requirement of being of Indian origin or having to prove any such origins, this means that any person claiming to be of the six religions could simply apply in terms of the amended law, prove entry on/before the cut-off date and be eligible for citizenship. This could in fact be misused the for infiltration into our country, particularly in the border states, converting this misguided legislation into a national security threat,” said Amarinder in his letter.

Referring to the NRC, on which conflicting statements had been emerging from the Government of India, "which generates no confidence whatsoever,” Amarinder pointed out that when read along with the CAA it would automatically deprive many (if not all) Indian Muslims of the rights of citizenship. "The fear that laws can be mutilated, shredded and discarded overnight to suit political objectives is naturally a legitimate concern of many right minded citizens of our country,” he added.

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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