Law and order has collapsed; canÔÇÖt expect fair polls: Jakhar

The Congress leader submits memorandum to Punjab Governor; says Badal govt has failed to give scholarships worth several hundred crores to SC students; also raises the issue of mismatch of Rs 21,000 crore in the food account

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DW Bureau / Chandigarh: Punjab Congress leader Sunil Jakhar on Tuesday said that the law and order situation in the state had completely collapsed due to political interference in the state police and his party apprehended that in such circumstances, free and fair elections were not possible in the state.

Jakhar who met the Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore here, told Daily World that the demand by the BJP for a CBI inquiry into the killing of RSS leader Brig Jagdish Gagneja clearly showed that the SAD alliance partner had no faith in the Akali leadership. ÔÇ£Nobody is safe in Punjab. All incidents are taking place in industrial hubs of Punjab with an idea to terrorise the urban population. This government does not want anyone to speak against Akalis,ÔÇØ he alleged.

Jakhar said that it was most surprising that even after 140 days of a statement made by DGP Suresh Arora that 57 ganglords were operating from different parts of Punjab, not a single statement has come from either Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal or Home Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal rebutting his statement. ÔÇ£Thus it is clear that these gangsters are being patronized by the government itself,ÔÇØ he lamented.

Giving further details, the Congress leader informed that ever since the Akali-BJP regime came to power, the government had failed to give scholarships to the SC students in time. ÔÇ£For the first time, we cornered the concerned minister who admitted that Rs 129 crore has been misappropriated and will be released by September 30. But an amount of Rs 599 crore for scholarship to the SC students was pending from 2012 to March 2016 as the Centre was not releasing the amount in absence of the utilisation certificate from the state government.ÔÇØ

Moreover, he informed that even as the Centre had released a sum of Rs 217 crore nearly 5 months for giving scholarship to the students, the same has not been given to the students or the colleges so far. ÔÇ£The Badal government is ruining the careers of thousands of students by misappropriating funds released to it under the Centrally funded schemes,ÔÇØ Jakhar alleged.

During the meeting with the Governor, Jakhar also raised the issue of Rs 21,000 crore mis-match in the food account and demanded an inquiry into the whole episode.

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