Monthly Archives: MAY 2017
If they cut one head, we should cut three of theirs: Capt. Amarinder
Describing himself as a `hardliner’ and a `soldier’, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday called for a zero compromise policy by India against inimical forces across the border, even as he dismissed the Khalistani threats against him, saying he would not allow anyone to disturb the state’s peace.
Reacting to the barbaric killing and mutilation of two Indian soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, Amarinder said India’s response should be clear and unequivocal. "We should stop being a gentleman’s army. If they (Pakistan) cut one of our heads, we should cut three of theirs,” he told a TV channel in a free-wheeling interview.
On the Khalistani threats, the Chief Minister said, "If they have the guts they should come and speak here instead of misleading people with unsubstantiated statements elsewhere.”
"They can shout their heads off, who cares?” said Amarinder, adding, "We want a stable Punjab, we want development. Having been in the Army, he had seen wars and had never worried about any risk or threat to his safety, he added.
Responding to a question about his charges against Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, the Chief Minister said his job was to raise issues and he wanted to bring big investments in the state, which required peace and stability. He reiterated that Sajjan and several other Canadian parliamentarians had Khalistani leanings and were sympathizing with people who wanted to disturb the peace of Punjab, which could not be allowed at any cost.
In response to a question, he said he had been unable to attend the cremation of Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh, one of two soldiers whose mutilated body was found on Monday, in his village in Tarn Taran in Punjab as he was unable to walk due to a foot injury. Pointing out that he had assigned a cabinet minister to visit the family, along with three party MLAs, the Chief Minister said he would be going to meet the martyr’s family soon.
The Chief Minister came out in categorical support of Major Gagoi over his controversial `human shield’ action during the elections in Kashmir, saying the officer was being pelted with stones and what he did in the circumstances was absolutely correct. "Instead of being patted on the back, he is being hounded for saving his men.”
Peace is only possible if the government writ runs large, said Captain Amarinder, making it clear that he did not favour negotiations in Jammu and Kashmir till the Indian Army had an upper hand.
While he did not blame the Prime Minister for the spiraling violence in Chhattisgarh and Jammu & Kashmir, the Chief Minister asserted that the nation needed a full-time defence minister. India needs to build its defences, especially with China making inroads through land and sea. Our weaponisation has to improve if we are to counter the various cross-border threats effectively, he added.
According to Amarinder, the CRPF, which was recently the victim of one of the worst ever Naxal assaults in Chhatisgarh recently, was not trained properly and did not have sufficient firing experience to tackle such situations. Expressing grief over the unnecessary loss of lives in the attack, he urged the CRPF to look into the matter and address the various concerns affecting the CRPF.
To a question, the Chief Minister said, speaking purely as an Army man and an Army historian, he was sure that if a war-like situation develops in the country, all political parties, cutting party lines, would come together against the common enemy.
If he can’t handle Home, Capt must shed the extra load: Bir Devinder Singh
Ever since the present dispensation has taken over the control of the Punjab Government under the leadership of Capt. Amarinder Singh, rather than the marked qualitative improvement of the law & order situation in the State, it has doggedly continue to deteriorate, pathetically, said the former Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Bir Devinder Singh.
He further alleged in a statement issued today that murderous assaults on political opponents by the members of the ruling party have become the order of the day. Inter gang rivalries of the gangsters and their open indulgence in the gang war violence and crimes, has frightened the peace loving people of the State.
Bir said that it's shocking that even yesterday in the home District of the Chief Minister, robbers dared to target a bank van, near Chitkara University in the broad day light at 10 A.M on Rajpura Chandigarh road, the busiest highway of the State and looted Rs. 1.3 Crore and fled with impunity. Most disturbing reports emanating from the scene of the crime suggests that even the emergency contact number of the police control tower (100) remained incommunicado for quite some time, till the time robbers fled from the scene with the looted cash and a snatched weapon of the Bank Gunman, leaving the injured driver of the van profusely bleeding.
According to former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, lackluster response of the law enforcing machinery to control the lawlessness is causing anguish and deep sense of disquiet to the general public. It’s pertinent to mention here that Banur Highway robbery is not the first incident of robbery in the Patiala District. Political administration at the state head quarter must revisit its operational mechanism with great alacrity and precision. The prevalence of the alarming law & order situation, certainly warrants sending the clear signals in an explicitly transparent manner, down below, that the menace of this kind of mayhem would not be tolerated any more, under any circumstances.
If the Chief Minister find it difficult to handle the portfolio of home because of his overburdened schedule or preoccupation elsewhere, then he must shed the extra load of the super sensitive portfolio of Home affairs in the larger interest of the State and give it to any of his ministerial colleague, keeping in mind his impeccable integrity and administrative caliber, and who could also devote his unadulterated attention to the law & order situation of the State suggested Bir Devinder Singh.
Dharamvira slams Abhay Chautala on SYL issuue
Dr. Dharamvira Gandhi Member Parliament Patiala, in a statement here today described the threat by Abhay Chautala of INLD to stop Punjab government and Punjab leadership vehicles and busses passing through Haryana from July 10 onwards as if though "Thief! Himself crying Thief Thief!” and is a serious threat to Punjab.
Gandhi pointed out that it is not the SYL issue it is the water flow for last 60 years to Rajasthan and Haryana through Indra Gandhi canal and Bhakra main canal, which is the bigger issue and should be addressed first.
Gandhi described the water going to Rajasthan and Haryana for last 60 years as a violation of riparian rights over river water of Punjab, through fraud and conspiracy by central government in an unconstitutional way. The centre government intention infact were revealed in 1948 when Punjab sort to build a Head work at Harike through a proposal to planning commission to which the union government put a rider to build a canal for Rajasthan with a capacity to carry 18500 cu-secs of water. The state of Punjab which was divested by a communal division in 1947, with huge displacement of population was not in position to resist such a move and weak leadership tumbled to this manoeuvre. Gandhi pointed out that upto 1948 Rajasthan was paying royalty to Punjab for the water it was receiving through Gang Nehar. But the 1948 decision, stopped the payment of royalty to Punjab and in addition allowed 18500 cu-secs of water free through another canal.
Gandhi said that the 1981 agreement between the states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan through arm twisting by Indra Gandhi the then Prime Minister of India is and unlawful and unconstitutional agreement. He argued that Prime Minister nor any Chief Minister of any state has any right to forge an agreement on a subject on which the Assembly or Parliament has the sole right to make a law.
Gandhi recalled that a 1985 Rajiv-Longowal accord was another fraud perpetrated in Punjab. The Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi or Harcharan Singh Longowal had no any legal or constitutional right to make such an agreement. The clauses incorporated in this segment can only be legislated by Parliament of India and State legislature. He pointed out that the two signatory to the agreement Harcharan singh longowal and Surjit Singh Barnala even had no constitutional provisions to make an agreement, only state Assembly is empowered to legislate on the issue of waters.
Similarly the Punjab capital Chandigarh and Punjabi speaking areas could have been given to Punjab through an act of Parliament. He concluded that the accord made by Lt. Rajiv Gandhi as Prime Minister was encroachment on the rights of Indian Parliament and was unconstitutional.
Later on the clause 9.2 of this agreement was incorporated into the 1956 Act, Inter-state Punjab dispute through an amendment which in itself was in contradiction to the basic aim of the title of the Act. This Act was made for purely Inter-State River water dispute and was not applicable to Punjab water and through amendment and act of discrimination, deceit and outright violation was inflicted on Punjab. Hence Dr. Gandhi said this amendment is illegal.
Gandhi announced that to discuss all the issues pertaining to river waters, Punjab front and Radical people’s front Mansa has called a meeting of pro Punjab intellectuals, river water experts and social Activist on 28th May 2017 for a seminar in Patiala, where a discussion would occur as to how to defend Punjab river water through a legal step and mass mobilization.
Gandhi called upon all the pro Punjab people to join the discussion.
Amarinder announces Rs12-lakh, Govt. job to kin of martyred Sub. Paramjeet Singh
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has announced ex-gratia of Rs. 12 lakhs for the next of kin of Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh, one of the victims of the barbaric assault by Pakistani troops in which two soldiers of the Indian Army were killed and their bodies brutally mutilated in Jammu & Kashmir on Monday.
The Chief Minister, who is scheduled to visit the martyr’s native village in Tarn Taran on May 7, also deputed his Cabinet colleague, Rana Gurjit Singh, on Tuesday to personally meet the bereaved family of the deceased to share their tragic loss in their hour of grief.
According to a government spokesperson, while Rs five lakhs in cash and a plot worth the same amount would be given to Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh’s wife and children, Rs 2 lakhs would be paid to his parents. Besides, the Chief Minister also announced that a suitable government job would be given to the next of kin of the martyred soldier and his children would get free education for Degree Courses at one of the nine Sainik Institutes of Management and Technology in the state. The Chief Minister also sanctioned Rs one lakh, through the Red Cross, for renaming the local government rest house in Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh's name.
Local administration officials, including the Deputy Commissioner, SDM and SSP, attended the cremation of the martyred soldier, who was laid to rest with full military honours after his body was flown from Poonch to his native village in a helicopter. Director Defense Services, Punjab Welfare Brig (retd.) JS Arora and Deputy GoC Panther Division Amritsar Brig. Sushil Sharma were among the senior Army officers present at the sombre ceremony.
Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh, a native of village Veinpoin, sacrificed his life in the most inhuman and barbaric attack by Pakistani troops in blatant violation of the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch (Jammu & Kashmir) on Monday.
Expressing profound grief and deep anguish at the heinous act of violence, Captain Amarinder Singh said the entire country was highly indebted to this brave-heart for laying down his life to protect the unity and integrity of the nation. He said that this valiant son of the soil had upheld the glorious tradition of sacrifice and valor of the great patriots and martyrs of India.
The Chief Minister saluted the brave soldier and prayed to the Almighty to give the family strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss, and grant peace to the departed soul.
Capt demands free hand for Army to respond suitably to barbaric acts against Jawans
Expressing concern over the increasing vulnerability of Indian soldiers on the borders and in border states such as Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has called for total freedom to the Indian Army to tackle dangerous situations faced in the line of duty.
In a statement issued here on Monday, the Chief Minister, himself an ex Army man, came out in solidarity with the Indian soldiers being exposed to all kinds of risks and atrocities not only at the hands of enemy forces from across the border but sometimes also at the hands of civilians, as happened recently in Kashmir.
Reacting strongly to the reported mutilation of the bodies of two jawans by Pakistan Army following a ceasefire violation in Poonch area of Jammu and Kashmir, Amarinder urged the central government to send out a strong signal to such inimical forces against indulging in such atrocities and barbaric acts. He backed the Indian Army's warning of "appropriate response" for the "despicable act."
Such unprovoked acts of excessive violence cannot be tolerated or allowed to go unpunished, he said, adding that the Indian soldiers were not a dispensable commodity to be sacrificed at the altar of such uncivilised and savage assaults.
In a similar vein, Captain also came down heavily on those criticising the Indian Army action of tying a man to a jeep to protect its soldiers from the vicious attack unleashed by civilians during the recent elections in Kashmir. The civilians tried to take the law in their hands, he observed, adding that it was the duty of the Army officers to protect their jawans.
Coming out in defence of Major Gagoi, the army officer in the line of fire from various quarters, including a section of the media, over his 'human shield' action, Captain Amarinder said the officer was simply doing his duty. In a Facebook post, the Chief Minister further said that in "had I been in the same situation I would have carried out the same action."
In a message to his former comrades in arms, he said, "Regardless of your rank on retiring don't forget your past and that you belong to one of the finest armies in this world."
"Initiative is part of our training and curtailing it is killing the very essence of regimental soldiering," he further wrote, adding that " I hope and trust that Major Gagoi is suitably awarded for his decision and that all of us fully support his action."