NAWASHAHAR: Reiterating that appointment of Justice Jaisingh Sekhon as the Lokpal of Punjab was against the very spirit of the institution of the Lokpal, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today said that the Akalis had hijacked the institution.
Capt Amarinder also said it was too early for any alliance for the parliamentary elections.
Talking to reporters after attending a function to mark the death anniversary of former Parliamentary Secretary Parkash Singh, he said, there was every apprehension that while on the one hand it will overlook the wrong doings of the Akalis, on the other hand it may falsely implicate the opposition leaders particularly those belonging to the Congress.
The former Chief Minister maintained that the Akalis did not have any vision for Punjab and they continue to be driven by selfish motives. He pointed out, the government of India had sanctioned 3 specialised medical institutions for drug de-addiction and the treatment of cancer.
Instead of setting these up in the affected areas of the state, particularly Malwa region of Southern Punjab, Badal had taken it to Mullanpur near Chandigarh just to ensure that the value of land his son Sukhbir Badal has purchased gets appreciated so that they can make money.
To a question on the possible alliance with other political parties, he said, nothing had been discussed or decided as yet, as it was too early. Moreover, he added, the parliamentary elections are fought on national issues. At the same time, he remarked, the mis-governance by the Akali-BJP regime and its all round failure will also be a prominent issue.
Prominent among others present on the occasion included the Congress Legislative Party Leader in the Punjab assembly Sunil Jakhar, Nawashahar MLA and wife of late Paraksh Singh Gur Iqbal Kaur, DCC president Satbir Singh, MLAs Tarlochan Soond, Sunder Shyam Arora, ex-MLA Lov Kumar Goldy and others.