(Chd,Pb)SAD Demands Independent Probe into ‘Seed Scam’ in Punjab
Shiromani Akali Dal on Thursday demanded an independent probe while terming the reported vigilance investigation as a cover-up exercise’.
The party submitted memorandums to deputy commissioners across Punjab in this regard.
In the memorandum, SAD leaders demanded that all those responsible for the supply and sale of spurious paddy seeds should be arrested and farmers be compensated.
The Shiromani Akali Dal had claimed that a close associate of cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa was allegedly involved in the supply of spurious seeds, which were not approved for sale by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).
SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia told mediapersons in Amritsar that the Vigilance Department was not expected to act against the state minister.
Senior party leader Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said only custodial interrogation of the seed supplier could unravel the entire scam and demanded an independent probe into it.
The leaders further said seeds, which earlier cost Rs 70 per kg, were sold at Rs 200 per kg to farmers by the scamsters .
A raid was conducted at a seed store in Ludhiana and more than 750 quintals of seed packaged as PR-129 and 100 quintals of seed packaged as PR-128 were seized,
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(Asr,Pb)Majithia’s Associate Gurdeep Shot Dead in Front of Gurudwara
A local Shiromani Akali Dal leader Gurdeep Singh Whose Wife is a Village Head was shot dead by three motorcycle-borne assailants at Umarpura village when he was coming out of a gurdwara after offering prayers
The assailants managed to flee after pumping five bullets into Singh, who died on the spot
Singh was said to be a close associate of senior Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia.
The SAD had described Dhilwan’s killing as a “political murder”.
[Chd,Pb]Capt Amarinder Govt ‘Reneged’ on Poll Promises: SAD
Amarinder Singh-led Congress government completing its two-year tenure
“The Congress government has cheated and betrayed the trust of the people of Punjab by reneging on each and every promise made to farmers, khet mazdoor, youth, dalits, industry and government employees during the last two years,” senior SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia said while addressing media on the occasion of completion of two-year tenure of the Congress government.
“The government was characterised by repression, corruption, misgovernance, hypertaxation and non-performance,” he alleged.
“If there is one thing, the Congress government has delivered upon it is the politicisation of the probe into the Kotkapura and Behbalkalan incidents by first forming the Ranjit Singh Commission and now SIT which is controlled by the Congress party. All serious issues like forming a Lokpal, tabling assets of officers and providing legal aid to SC and BCs have been put on the back-burner,” the former Akali minister alleged.
Marking completion of two years of the Congress government as ‘Vishvasghat Divas’ (betrayal day) Saturday, Majithia accused the party of not only “failing” Punjabis, but also causing “untold misery and hardship” to the people by denying them social welfare benefits like Shagun scheme, old age pension, scholarships, mid-day meals.
“Never before in the history of the state has any government performed so poorly on all fronts. It seems there is no government in Punjab,” he claimed.
He charged the government with indulging in a public relations exercise to hide its “utter failure”.
“The first and foremost failure of the government was its inability to implement the Rs 90,000 crore complete loan waiver promise made by Amarinder. This failure resulted in an increase in farm suicides which crossed the 900 mark,” Majithia alleged.
The farm sector had suffered the most in the Congress rule with sugarcane farmers not being given their dues, which had accumulated to Rs 900 crore again, he alleged.
Stating that an entire generation of youth had been “betrayed” by the Congress government, Majithia said the youth were promised jobs in each household under the ‘Ghar Ghar Naukri’ scheme.
“What they got was fake job melas. Even Rs 2,500 per month unemployment allowance has not been given to anyone. In fact the government has played a cruel joke on youth by registering only 150 unemployed youth,” he alleged.
The workers of both the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party organised roadshows and ‘dharnas’ in all the assembly constituencies of the state Saturday, as per the party release.
The demonstrations were held in Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala , Mohali and Gurdaspur.
[Majitha,Pb]Rahul Officially Tags Capt Amarinder as CM Candidate Of Punjab
Rahul Gandhi today announced that Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh will be the party’s chief ministerial face in the high-stakes Assembly polls.
74-year-old Amarinder, who is fighting his last election, will be the next Chief Minister, if the party forms government in Punjab.
Rahul, addressing the rally in the pocket-borough of Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia, said Amarinder alone can change Punjab and set it right along with the support of the people of the state and there is no other way out.
Ruling SAD and AAP have been mocking Congress, asking why the party was not declaring Amarinder as its chief ministerial candidate for the February 4 Assembly polls.
Rahul said Punjab will not be run by “remote control” as it does not need one, taking a veiled dig at Kejriwal and accusing him of wanting to become Delhi and Punjab chief minister at the same time.
He also made a scathing attack on the ruling Badals, accusing them of ruining Punjab and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of siding with them and talking of removing corruption.
Rahul, who began his three-day election tour to the poll-bound state by addressing his first public meeting in the presence of Amarinder and Navjot Singh Sidhu, also attacked AAP and Kejriwal of trying to befool the people of the state by making false and empty promises.
[Chandigarh,Punjab] Sardar,Kulwant Singh Assumes Charge as VC of PEDA
Sr Kulwant Singh today assumed the charge as Vice Chairman of Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) New and Renewable Energy Minister, Bikram Singh Majithia + Member Parliament,Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa .Agriculture Minister, Jathedar Tota Singh, Lok Sabha Member, Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Sant Balvir Singh Ghunas and Senior Akali Leader, Mr. Darbara Singh Guru were also present
Kulwant Singh is son of deceased MLA Malkiat Singh Keetu,
While congratulating . Kulwant Singh for his new assignment.Majitha praised the family of . Kulwant Singh for being committed workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal. Remembering deceased MLA Mr. Malkiat Singh keetu, who is the father of Mr. Kulwant Singh, Mr. Majithia said that he was the true leader of the masses
Member Parliament, Mr. Sukdev Singh Dhindsa expressed hope that . Kulwant would work with full sincerity and would take the PEDA towards newer heights.
. Kulwant Singh thanked Chief Minister Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal for this new assignment .