Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday vowed to give `dusht’ (wicked) Badal a massive thrashing in Lambi for the atrocities he has committed against Dalits and other sections of Punjab’s society during the last 10 years of his misrule, and strongly opposing any move to withdraw reservation for this marginalized population.
Amarinder lambasted the Badals for their criminalization of Punjab through their patronization of all kinds of mafia, including transport, sand, liquor etc. Badals’ buses have been killing innocent people, while the entire state is reeling under total collapse, triggered by the Badal misgovernance and corrupt policies, he said, promising revival of the state’s growth and uplift of the backward sections through various public welfare schemes, including reservations in jobs, free housing and education, as well as expansion of the atta-dal scheme to encompass free sugar and tea.
"Baabe nunh Lambi vich kuttanga,” declared Captain, amid thunderous applause. He assailed Badal’s sangat darshan as waste of public money, while also castigating the chief minister for allowing incidents of religious sacrilege to mar the state’s communal harmony. He described the incidents as an attempt by the Akalis to polarize the Punjab society ahead of the polls, saying Badal was not a true believer of Sikhi (Sikhism) since he was indulging in spreading communal disharmony.
The PPCC president said atrocities against Dalits had gone up manifold, increasing from 651 in 2007 to 12834 by 2015. Promising to bring Dalits back into the mainstream of the society with welfare schemes as promised in the party manifesto, Amarinder said he would ensure that all those found guilty of any crime against Dalits are given exemplary punishment.
Captain Amarinder also came down heavily on the drug mafia, which has been linked to the Badals and their close associate Bikram Singh Majithia, pointing out that 72% of the state’s youth were addicted to drugs, with lakhs being hooked and several dying of chitta consumption. None of the guilty will be spared, he promised the people, adding that he would teach Badal a well-deserved lesson from Lambi.