Punjab

Khaira writes to Rahul Gandhi to refund tax payers money spent on Congress rally at Moga

Punjab News Express | March 09, 2019 07:49 PM

CHANDIGARH:  Sukhpal Singh Khaira President of Punjabi Ekta Party today blamed that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has misused the public funds for political rally of Congress party at Moga in the garb of farmers debt waiver function and dermanded that the Congress party should bear the expenditure of the said rally.

In a letter addressed to AICC president Rahul Gandhi, PEP president wrote, "Being a President of the Congress party, it was indeed your moral duty to question the state leadership about funds incurred on the arrangement for the rally.  Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has misused government funds to promote the agenda of Congress party, which is unethical and against the principles of good governance that your party propagates".

He said that to his information, Punjab government had declared this political event a debt waiver function of state government but the chronology of events and the tenor of all Congress speakers at the function clearly established that it was a pre election campaign program of the Congress party.

The letter read that the Capt Amarinder Singh government has spent crores of rupees of the tax payers money for the function. The said huge expenditure included setting up of a huge Pandal, gross misuse of government transportation to ferry people, food arrangements, an expensive artist like Jassi, lakhs of rupees of compensation to the farmers  whose wheat crops were prematurely cut to prepare the ground for rally etc.

He told Rahul, "I have no hesitation to say that you were privy to the wastage of tax payers money on the political rally. Your speech at the rally was political and not related to woes of debt ridden farmers committing suicides in large numbers in Punjab. Perhaps you are not aware that more than 750 farmers have committed suicides in the last two years of Capt Amarinder Singh government.  The Chief Minister has failed to fulfill the promise of total debt waiver for the farmers of Punjab, turning the so called debt waiver into a farce and a sham".

He told Rahul, "You were the first to raise the issue of drug menace in Punjab when SAD-BJP government led by Parkash Singh Badal was in the power. You hit the newspaper headlines with revelation that 70 percent of Punjab youth are addicts. I feel sad to inform you that drug trade is continuing with impunity during the Congress regime as well. The big drug mafia like Bikram Majithia ex Minister is being shielded by Capt Amarinder Singh Government. While you talked about drugs at Moga rally, you disappointed the people of Punjab ignoring the ground realities as people on the ground are aware and victims of large scale drug abuse in the state".

You seem ill informed about the performance of Capt Amarinder Singh government.  No section of the society is happy whether it is farmers, employees, traders, industrialists and unemployed youth who are running from pillar to post for a decent livelihood.

Therefore, I request you to direct Capt. Amarinder Singh to refund the tax payers money and to pay for the expenditure from Congress party account. I am sure you will show magnanimity by depositing the expenditure of rally from your party account to save Punjab the agony of further economic disaster as the state is already under a colossal debt of Rs. 2.5 lac crore, he added..


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