Punjab government harassing the opposition: Amarinder SinghFebruary 14th, 2009 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, Feb 14 (IANS) Alleging that “political terrorism” was rampant in Punjab, former chief minister Amarinder Singh Saturday said the ruling Akali Dal leaders were using muscle power to harass Congress workers in the state.
Amarinder Singh demanded from the central government and the Election Commission of India to declare the entire state as “sensitive” for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
“Akali leaders are creating hurdles in my election campaign and are blatantly interfering in my political activities,” the former chief minister told reporters here.
He said the ruling party was using muscle power to intimidate Congress workers and harass opposition legislators.
“In Bathinda district in the last two years over a dozen Congress workers have been killed brutally in public. The murderers are roaming free and enjoying political shelter,” he said.
“Political terrorism is prevailing in the state and the Akali government wants to keep us busy in false cases. This is not the way of contesting elections, as we are not living in a totalitarian regime,” Amarinder Singh said.
“They (the government) are registering new cases against me and my family members on the basis of old charges. This is the sheer violation of the Supreme Court’s provision,” he said.
He said he would meet union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, India’s Chief Election Commissioner and the election commissioner of Punjab to apprise them about the situation. “Our appeal to them is to declare entire Punjab a sensitive place during elections,” he said.