Chandigarh: Alleging misuse of official machinery by the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Punjab Congress President Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday demanded immediate imposition of the Model Code of Conduct and early elections, preferably under President’s Rule, in Punjab.
Lambasting the Badal government for allegedly misusing public funds and official machinery to put up large hoardings carrying an old Congress advertisement released at the time of the SYL foundation laying ceremony in early 1980s, Amarinder again demanded immediate imposition of the Model Code of Conduct and early elections in the state.
He also demanded holding the Assembly elections in the state under President’s Rule.
Accusing the SAD of unleashing false propaganda over the SYL issue, he warned that they would get caught in their own web of deceit.
“The people of Punjab are tired of your lies and deceptive statements and claims, and are not ready to believe a word of it,” said the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president in a statement here.
Lashing out at the Badals for spending the precious resources of the state on “fraudulent and misleading campaigns”, Amarinder said “the hoardings, that had been put up across Mohali, were clearly in violation of the MC rules as well as the Punjab and Haryana High Court directions against putting up hoardings at traffic lights.”
Demanding immediate and stringent action by the Election Commission, Amarinder said “the hoardings reflected the twisted mindset of the SAD, who were ready to stoop to any level to divert public attention from their own misdeeds by resorting to all kinds of frauds and falsehoods.”
Amarinder accused the SAD of spreading one lie after another to mislead the people of Punjab on the SYL issue, “in which they themselves were the biggest culprits, having shamelessly and brazenly sold off the interests of the state to neighbouring Haryana.”
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