Punjab: Amarinder Singh's one month in office full of controversies and flip-flops

The Punjab government tried to fulfill two promises - one by removing the red beacons from the official vehicles and other by launching a crackdown against drug mafia in Punjab.

Captain Amarinder Singh's government has completed its first month in office. The first month of the Congress-led government was completed by forming various panels to fulfill the promises made in the election manifesto.

The first month has been full of controversies, flip-flops and instances in which party MLAs and ministers openly threatened officials and Opposition party leaders.

The government tried to fulfill two promises - one by removing the red beacons from the official vehicles and other by launching a crackdown against drug mafia in Punjab. However, both the initiatives backfired as removing the red beacons from the cars did not end the VIP culture. While party MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikkii openly threatened a DSP over a loudspeaker issue so as not to annoy his men failing which he will face the consequences, Forest and SCST Welfare Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot publically scolded a school principal after he noticed that his name figured at number three on an inauguration plate. These examples clearly show that just removing red beacons will not end arrogance of politicians, sdspite the chief minister having issued orders that names of ministers will not be mentioned on the inauguration or foundation stone plaques.

Although registration of FIRs against drug smugglers and 1468 arrests could be termed a good start but the so called 'big fish' are still beyond the reach of the police.

Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, who refused to take an official vehicle and even stopped serving tea to visitors, flew in a helicopter on Baisakhi to Talwandi Sabo. National president of youth Congress and Gidarbaha MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Warring's aides indulged in violence after the government came to power.


Opposition Akali Dal and the BJP has termed one month of Captain Amarinder's government in office as new era of Congress' hooliganism, oppression and misgovernance.

"Suicide by fifteen farmers, desecration of Guru Granth Sahib at six places, forcible occupation of truck unions at seven places, gang wars inside Kapurthala Jail and outside SSP Batala's residence, unabated illegal mining all over Punjab, jailbreak attempt in Gurdaspur, U-turns by ministers, pan Punjab protest by parents against private schools, auctioning of farmers' land and physical assault on Akali-BJP workers - all these incidents have marred the first month of Captain Amarinder Singh's chief ministership," BJP Secretary, Vineet Joshi told India Today.

However, the Punjab government's ministers termed the allegations as baseless and claimed that the government was moving in the right direction to fulfill the election promises.

"The government is moving in the right direction. We have started a massive crackdown against the people involved in drug smuggling. The operation continues and the STF will soon nab the big fish. The backbone of the supply chain has been broken. The addicts are not able to get the drugs and have knocked at the doors of rehab centres. The government will fulfill all the promises made during the elections," Punjab Technical Education Minister, Charanjit Singh Channi said.

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