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How Congress govt in Punjab allowed 26 hour long road blockage by SAD-BJP workers?

December 08, 2017 09:59 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Congress government in Punjab is facing public flak for becoming mute spectator to the 26 hour long road blockade by SAD-BJP workers while the government was indifferent to agitating farmers and anganwadi workers who wanted to hold dharna outside Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh residence in Patiala. They were cane charged and not allowed to enter Patiala.

The political interests of Congress and SAD-BJP alliance have superceded the inconvinience caused to common people who remained stranded on state highways overnight due to the blockade.

The dharnas laid by SAD-BJP were lifted only after High Court intervened on a petition filed by an advocate even as SAD president Sukhbir Badal claimed they lifted dharna when their all demands were acceptged.

SAD-BJP alliance had started dharna on all main roads in the state in protest against rejection of nomination papers of their candidates in the Municipal Corporation and Committee elections. The Congress government seemed facilitating the dharnas by not taking action against the protesters.

The dharna by SAD was totally illegal and against the law of the land and at the same time an absolute failure of state government which failed to maintain law and order and vehicular traffic was paralysed.  

In a recent case of propsoed dharna by farmers at Capt Amarinder Singh's residence in Patiala the High Court had ruled that if police see threat to peace, it shall immediately impose prohibitory orders.

Punit Bali an advocate of High Court who filed a petition against dharna by SAD hailed high court for entertained the petition and sought a report on the dharnas. Bali said that intervention by High court was main reason that dharnas were lifted. It is high time peole who are responsible should be made accoutble. The opposition parties and the persons who are in power have violated the law themselves.

The commuters yesterday and today faced harrassment as thousands of tourists going to Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashnir, the college and school going students, government employees and general travellers remained stranded on roads overnight. Sukhbir Badal president of SAD was leading dharna at Harike Pattan yesterday and late in the evening he announced to extend dharna indefinitely. The Akali workers on other spots also extended dharna and lifted only after 26 hours.

What was the logic of holding dharna all over the state whereas the elections were being held only in three Municipal Corporations and 32 Committees?. What was the fault of common people who were made to suffer even emergency services like ambulances were not allowed to ply?

The ruling and opposition alliance must give an explanation for their conduct. The political drama on roads had pushed the civic issues on the back burner and local issues have became irrelevent in the MC elections. It is time people of state teach a lesson to these parties for the anarchy.

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