Chandigarh, September 22:
Condemning the move of the Punjab governor to withdraw his assent to hold a Special Session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Punjab Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema on Thursday dubbed it a ‘Black day’ in the history of Indian politics.
Addressing a press conference here at Punjab Bhawan, Cheema said that the way the Punjab governor acted on the directions of BJP and withdrew the permission for the special session indicates that the BJP is trying to crush the country’s Constitution and the institutions based on the beliefs of Dr BR Ambedkar.
Accusing the Governor of working at the behest of BJP, Cheema said that the governor sought permission from the additional solicitor general of India after ignoring the AG office of Punjab and withdrew of his earlier order. On the other hand, the Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is following the constitution of India in letter and spirit.
He asserted that AAP will not bend before the BJP as Congress did. The Punjab government has called an assembly session on September 27 to protect democracy and its Constitution. During this session, the issues of electricity, and stubble burning will be discussed.
Attacking Congress for skipping Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh states during its ‘Bharat Jodo’ campaign, Cheema said that they have surrendered before BJP and working as their spokespersons to avoid central agencies investigations.
Castigating the saffron party, Cheema said that the BJP is frightened of the growing popularity of AAP and they have now accepted this fact that only Arvind Kejriwal led AAP is going to shake their regime in the 2024 elections.
“It is proved beyond doubt that today, the BJP is only scared of AAP. They somehow want to halt the progress of the party. But I want to reiterate that the BJP will never be successful in its dastardly agenda and soldiers of Arvind Kejriwal will continue to work for the betterment of the country,” Cheema said.
Launching a scathing attack on the opposition, Cheema said that Congress leaders including Leader of Opposition Partap Bajwa are working as a B-team of BJP. Instead of supporting the AAP government, which is fighting against their nefarious agenda of ‘Lotus Operation’, Congress leadership is relentlessly supporting BJP on this issue and questioning the state government.
He said that AAP is a party of people for the people, which has come out of the Anti-Corruption Movement. “We will fight against them and will work to make the country number one again. Democracy belongs to the people, democracy is not owned by any party or person,” Cheema added.