Monthly Archives: FEBRUARY 2017
AAP leader Kanwar Sandhu’s elder Son passes away
Dr. Karan Singh Sandhu, the elder son of senior journalist turned AAP leader Kanwar Sandhu passed away Wednesday morning.
35-year old Karan died of cardiac arrest. He complained of uneasiness at around 5.30 in the morning and was rushed to PGI where he was declared brought dead.
Karan is survived by his parents, wife and a younger brother. He was supposed to return to Canada on 14th March after the election results of Punjab assembly.
Karan had retweeted his father’s tweet few hours before he had cardiac arrest.
The body of the deceased was then moved to Sandhus’ house at Sukhna Enclave in Kansal.
His cremation will take place today at Sector 25 cremation ground, Chandigarh at 4.00 pm.
Amarinder lashes out at ABVP’s alleged rape threat against Kargil martyr’s daughter
Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh has lashed out at the right-wing Akhil Bharatiya Janata Party (ABVP) for its shameful and despicable rape threat against the Delhi University student who had taken up the cudgels against the student body over the recent violence in Ramjas College.
Reacting strongly to the allegation of Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, that she had been receiving threats of rape and violence following her heroic stand on the Ramjas College incident, Captain Amarinder said the ABVP and its mentors should be ashamed of their abominable behaviour.
"The girl’s father laid down his life for the country during the Kargil war and she is now being victimized for her legitimate act,” said Captain Amarinder, condemning the alleged ABVP threat as shocking display of total lack of nationalism and patriotism on the part of the student wing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.
Expressing shock at the brazenness of the ABVP, which had indulged in unprovoked and rampant violence against students and teachers of Ramjas College, the Congress chief ministerial candidate said the reported threat now being issued against Gurmehar by the student organization reflects total disregard for the law of the country.
The failure of the Delhi Police to take action against the ABVP goondas who had unleashed the unprovoked violence at Ramjas College on February 22 has clearly encouraged them to issue such heinous threats, said Captain Amarinder, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits and a ban on the organization to prevent further travesty of the law.
Not only does the organization have no respect for women, as is evident from their alleged threat against Gurmehar, but their shocking defiance of the law shows that it is no longer a genuine student body working for the welfare of students, said Captain Amarinder. Pointing out that this was not the first time the ABVP was reported to be involved in a controversial and violent incident, he recalled that the student body was also found guilty by a JNU proctorial committee of attacking Najeeb Ahmed before his disappearance.
He warned that failure to crack down on the organization would encourage more such anti-social elements to take the law in their hands, which could lead to total breakdown of the law and order situation in the country.
Lauding Gurmehar’s courage in launching a social media campaign against the BVP, Captain Amarinder said instead of allowing her to be victimized for her stand, the authorities, including the Delhi and central governments, should ensure that the perpetrators of the Ramjas College violence and the subsequent threats of the martyr’s daughter are given exemplary punishment for vitiating the DU campus atmosphere.
In the wake of the Ramjas College incident, Gurmehar had changed her Facebook profile picture holding a placard which read "I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP”. The reported ABVP threat came even as her profile picture went viral and evoked humungous response on the social media.
Captain Amarinder lashed out at the BJP for failing to even condemn the ABVP actions, leave alone acting against the guilty youth.
Capt seeks preventive arrest of Abhay Chautala and deployment of army over SYL issue
REACTING to INLD leadership’s open defiance of the law and intelligence reports indicating terror revival threat over the SYL issue, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh has demanded deployment of the armed forces to prevent any untoward incident on February 23, when Chautala’s party plans to force its way into Punjab to dig the controversial canal.
Pointing out that he himself had been repeatedly warning that the SYL issue had the potential to trigger the revival of terrorism in Punjab, Captain Amarinder said the intelligence reports endorsing his apprehensions necessitated a strong crackdown on INLD and its leaders before the situation goes out of hand.
He demanded preventive arrest of INLD leader Abhay Chautala and cancellation of party supremo Om Prakash Chautala’s parole to control the situation, which had escalated to dangerous proportions. Abhay’s adamant stand on the issue, and his defiant threat to go ahead with the SYL incursion even if the Army is called in, is ground enough for his preventive detention, said Captain Amarinder.
The central government should also immediately step in to order large-scale deployment of the armed forces ahead of the threatened move by the INLD, said Captain Amarinder Singh, adding that Abhay Chautala’s defiant and provocative statements on the issue could have a long-term, explosive impact on Punjab’s peace.
Being a sensitive border state, Punjab could not be left to its own devices to handle the current volatile situation, particularly in the light of the fact that the state was in post-poll limbo, still awaiting the outcome of the assembly elections with no government worth the name at the helm to protect its interests, said the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president in a statement issued here. With the ruling Badals having abdicated their responsibility in the face of their imminent defeat, the central government’s intervention had become imperative to maintain law and order in Punjab, he added.
The Punjab Congress chief ministerial candidate called upon the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister to intercede, without further delay, to prevent further vitiation of Punjab’s troubled environment, which remained fragile through the run-up to the polls, and which witnessed a terrorist-triggered bomb blast just a few days before voting took place.
Punjab is sitting on a virtual landmine, with intelligence reports suggesting that many of the sleeping terror cells were getting ready to raise their heads again, pointed out Captain Amarinder, warning that these militant organizations would exploit the fragile situation on the ground to further their anti-India agenda if not checked immediately.
Expressing concern over reports of digging of holes by suspected INLD workers in Ambala, from where the party plans to move into Punjab, Captain Amarinder said it was evident that the Haryana government was not serious about nipping the threat in the bud. Only the deployment of armed forces, with preventive action against the INLD leadership, could foil any attempt to violate Punjab’s borders, he added.
Warning the Centre against inaction in the matter, Captain Amarinder said the consequences of failure to take preventive action would not only plunge Punjab back into the dark days of terrorism but would also have dangerous repercussions for the nation, which has been grappling with militancy from across the border for the past several decades.
Punjab has lost thousands of innocent lives to terrorism, pointed out Captain Amarinder, warning that the dangerous consequences of revival of militancy in any form would be unimaginable.
AAP’s 'excessive paranoia' sign of total demoralization: Capt Amarinder Singh
The excessive display of paranoia by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), right from its top leadership to the lowest cadres, has assumed ludicrous proportions and indicates the complete demoralization in the party in the face of imminent defeat in the recently concluded assembly elections, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday.
With AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal leading the way, every Tom, Dick and Harry in the party is running to the Election Commission (EC) with one or the other frivolous complaint, clear indicating that the party is preparing ground to save face following the declaration of the results, said the Congress CM candidate, in a hard-hitting statement issued here.
Captain Amarinder demanded that, as in the case of the judiciary, there should be some provision in the EC rules to penalize political parties and candidates found indulging in unsubstantiated complaints and petitions, and engaging the EC in cheap gimmickry to further their vested interests.
The PPCC president also lambasted Kejriwal and his party for dragging the EC, which all serious political parties look up to as being a neutral and non-partisan democratic institution, into an ugly quagmire of allegations and counter-allegations. This is not a healthy sign and reflects on the immaturity, and worse still, on the despicable thinking and lack of ideology in AAP, said Captain Amarinder.
The Congress was not raising such ruckus on the security of EVMs as was being done by AAP, he observed, adding that the entire drama was evidently being enacted by Kejriwal and his cronies to justify their eventual electoral defeat, which would be officially declared just about three weeks from now.
The uproar triggered by AAP over the removal of some old EVMs in Patiala was the latest piece of theatrics staged by Kejriwal’s party to pave the ground for raising suspicions about the accuracy of the EVMs and the bona fide of the results, when they are announced on March 11, said Amarinder. He pointed out that just a few days ago the AAP Patiala candidate Dr. Balbir Singh had made a nuisance of himself, and tried to corner the EC with his injudicious and senseless demand for permission to set up his own CCTV at a counting centre.
AAP candidates and other party workers are obviously taking a cue from Kejriwal, who himself had been running to the EC on the slightest of pretexts and had even earned the wrath of the poll body over his bribe remarks in Goa, Captain Amarinder said, adding that the depth of frustration in AAP showed that they had seen the writing on the wall but were unwilling to acknowledge it.
Captain urged Kejriwal to accept his party’s defeat gracefully and not lower the dignity of prestigious institutions like the EC to cover up his own desperation.
AAP’s knee-jerk reactions clear sign of panic in face of certain defeat: Capt Amarinder
Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh has cornered the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over its spate of panic reactions in the wake of the polling to the state assembly, dubbing them as a sign of the dread in Arvind Kejriwal’s party over its certain defeat.
After first raising suspicions over the reliability of the EVMs, over which it has been rapped by no less than the judiciary, AAP is now making ridiculous demands, such as installation of its own cameras, at the EVM strong rooms, Captain Amarinder pointed out, adding that these knee-jerk reactions clearly underlined the party’s desperation in the light of post-poll reports in favour of the Congress.
The Congress chief ministerial candidate was reacting to reports that his AAP rival from Patiala Urban, Dr. Balbir Singh, was insisting on permission from the Election Commission to install his own CCTV cameras inside the EVM strong room in the constituency even though large LED screens had already been provided to track and monitor the insides.
While all candidates and parties in the fray had the right and the responsibility to collaborate with the Election Commission (EC) to ensure fool-proof security of EVMs, the sheer paranoia being displayed by the AAP leaders on this count showed that Kejriwal’s party had seen the writing on the wall and was now unnecessarily raking up irrelevant issues to prepare the ground to explain its defeat, said Amarinder.
Captain also castigated the tendency of AAP, particularly its national convenor Arvind Kejriwal, to lock horns with the EC on all kinds of petty issues, and said this reflected their total disregard for the democratic institutions of the country. The rise of such parties on India’s political landscape was unfortunate and needed to be nipped in the bud to prevent vitiation of the democratic environment, which forms the bedrock of the nation’s international standing and progress, he added.
Referring to the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s criticism of AAP behaviour, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president pointed out that even the Honourable judges, having seen through the AAP gimmickry, had found the party to be indulging in senseless acts of despair.
Acting on an AAP petition seeking higher security for EVMs, the court had observed that the party was "trying to deride the process by raking up such issues”, and, in a reference to the Delhi polls, remarked that, "If you win, it is fair. But otherwise, you say something else. That is not fair.”
There cannot be a starker exposé of AAP’s injudicious reactions and demands, said Captain Amarinder, adding that the party’s immaturity was evident in its behaviour. "But one cannot really expect anything better from a party totally lacking in experience and made up of self-appeasing individuals whose only concern in life was to seize power by hook or by crook,” he further said, lambasting the party leadership’s antics in Punjab since it started eyeing the assembly polls.