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Badal family is most corrupt, Navjot Sidhu describes them plundering decoits

February 24, 2018 06:04 PM

CHANDIGARH: Reacting strongly to Sukhbir Badal’s brazen lies and ridiculous allegations against the Captain Amarinder Singh government, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) on Saturday lambasted the Akalis for looting the people of every single resource they could lay their hands on, during their decade-long misrule of the state.

Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu described the Badals as the most corrupt family in the country, terming them as plundering dacoits, who had robbed Punjab’s people of their very right to dignified living by plunging them into an abyss of ruin with their destructive policies.

PPCC president Sunil Jakhar said the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has become the most corrupt party in the country under the control of Badals, and had been only interested in filling up their own coffers, with no concern for the problems faced by the people.

The Badals, notorious for their anti-people policies, were like termites, who had eaten into the state’s most precious resources and had also corrupted even their supporters, said Sidhu, in a statement issued here.

With 25 ministries in their kitty, the Badal family converted the government into their personal fiefdom, said Sidhu, charging them with destroying all democratic institutions with total disregard for Constitutional ethos. Democracy and freedom, under their rule, were confined to the `Badal Enterprise’, he added.

From mining to transport, from cable to hospitality, the selfish and greedy Badals took over virtually every business in the state, which they pilfered to their hearts’ content, getting richer with every passing year, while the people of Punjab battled with poverty and lack of even basic resources, the minister pointed out. He lambasted Sukhbir for persistently trying to mislead the people with falsehoods and fabrications.

The Akalis seized control of all the major businesses of the state the moment they came to power and spent the next 10 years plundering it, said Jakhar, adding that it was obvious that the party was still reeling under the shock of their ignominious rout in the Assembly elections last year, followed by a series of defeats in subsequent elections, including Gurdaspur bypoll and MC polls.

What had probably shaken them further was the successful implementation of promises by the Captain Amarinder Singh government, despite the financial mess it inherited from the erstwhile SAD-BJP regime, said the two Congress leaders.

Sukhbir’s desperation to undermine the work being done by the Congress government was getting manifested in his absurd statements and ridiculous behaviour, said Sidhu, describing it as a sign of total loss of his mental balance, resulting from the oblivion into which the Akalis had been pushed by the people of Punjab.

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