AAP volunteers gherao Badal’s ‘Sukhvilas’ resort, hold dharna
Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activists on Monday gheraoed ‘Sukhvilas’ resort allegedly owned by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in Palanpur forest area near here and staged a sit-in-protest where police had laid barricades.
AAP leaders Kanwar Sandhu, Jassi Jasraj led the protest dharna and march by AAP workers.
The AAP cadres raised slogans against the Badal family and demanded a probe into the sources of money spent on constructing the resort.
Sandhu, AAP dialogue committee chairman, while addressing the dharna said that the resort constructed by Sukhbir was made with the money looted from the people of the state.
He said that while the state has been facing economic crunch due to financial mismanagement, the Badal family had multiplied their wealth and left the poor people in lurch.
“AAP government would confiscate the resort”, he declared.
Sandhu, who is also AAP candidate from Kharar, said that residents of the villages around the Badal’s resort in village Palanpur were forced to sell their land by the revenue authorities working under political influence.
He said that Rs 29 crore from public exchequer was misused to construct a road that leads to resort.
Sandhu said that Sukhbir managed to involve Oberoi group to own the resort in which he (Sukhbir), his wife and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal have majority stakes.
Jasraj said that while farmers all over Punjab were committing suicide, the unemployed educated youth is climbing on water tanks for jobs and forced to commit self-immolation, the teachers are hounded by police whereas Sukhbir was busy building his luxury resort.
Sukhbir had promised moon to people of state and completely ruined their future with drugs, he said, adding the Badal family and Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia had “promoted and shielded” drug mafia and mining mafia in the state. PTI