Pathankot/Gurdaspur, Apr 12 UNI | 4 months ago

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Partap Singh Bajwa today said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had made a mockery of the electoral system and the Election Commission by openly calling upon the industrialists in Jalandhar to fund the poll campaign of Akali Dal candidate Pawan Kumar Tinnu.

Mr Bajwa, who addressed a series of meetings in the Assembly constituency Bhoa, dwelt on the issue of constitutional and moral responsibility of a senior leader like Mr Badal, who made the comments in the presence of TV journalists.

"It is too well known that the so-called strategy and tactics of the self-proclaimed election management wizard and Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, is the use of money and muscle power to win elections.

"This public confession by Badal has only reinforced this perception. it shows to what level the Badals can go to win the election", he added.

Mr Bajwa said it was a well-known fact that Mr Badal was the first in the state to introduce the use of money power, beginning with his very second election, which he had lost against Congress.

Mr Badal had contested his very first election in 1957 on a Congress ticket, his heritage which he later disowned, the PPCC chief recalled.

He said Mr Badal was the biggest hypocrite, rank opportunist and a ruthless politician who had always been swimming along the tide.

Such funding of elections by the industrialists was the root of corruption and Mr Badal was promoting such means, whereas a fifth time Chief Minister should have been setting an example in the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct, of which the polls expenses is a part, Mr Bajwa added.

He lambasted Mr Badal for perpetuating corruption as evident from the multiplication of the assets of Badal family, which had a hand in every pie and had taken over the transport business forcing out even small transporters.

"How come the business of the Badal family has flourished, only when in power?", he asked.

The Congress veteransaid the issues arising out of Mr Badal's interaction with the industrialists to seek funds for Mr Tinnu were not just technical, but related to broader questions of morality and ethics, besides violation of the electoral laws by the Chief Minister himself, he added.

Referring to the so-called development agenda of the Badal government, he said both Mr Badal and his son must visit Bhoa area, which represented the other Punjab and where development had always remained elusive.

This region would teach them the real meaning of development as every basic amenity was lacking here, Mr Bajwa added.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)