Those involved in embezzlement of funds for Dalit students, now indulging in politics in the name of Dalits: Harpal Singh Cheema
Chandigarh: Reacting to the fictitious declarations made for the Dalits by Captain Amarinder Singh and Sukhbir Badal on Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Jayanti, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) senior leader and Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Punjab Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema said that Captain and the Badals had always done politics on the name of the Dalits. "If they were really concerned about the Dalits, then the situation of Dalits in Punjab would not have been so bad," he added. Cheema said that during the ten-year Akali government and during the four-year Captain government, no concrete steps were taken to improve the condition of Dalits.
He said that now that the elections have come close, these people are faking their concern for Dalits. Taking a dig at Captain Amarinder Singh, Cheema said that Captain, who did politics in the name of Dalits, should first respond to the post-matric scholarship scam, uniform scam and book scam worth thousands of crores of rupees put up for the education of Dalit students,. He said that if Captain really had to work for the Dalits in the true sense, he would have sacked Sadhu Singh Dharamsot involved in the scholarship scam immediately, but Captain still respectfully gave Dharamsot a place in the ministry.
"Thousands of Dalit students now have a bleak future due to these scams. Thousands of students had to drop out in between. Captain did not fulfill any of the promises he had made to Dalits before the elections in 2017," said Cheema. He said that Captain-Badal, who burned copies of the Constitution by insulting Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, are now pretending to be the messiah of Dalits. He said that in reality both, Badals and Captain Amarinder had been acting contrary to the spirit of the Constitution. "Both of them never implemented a single thing written in the Constitution by Babasaheb, but have done the work of raising their family," he added.
The LoP further said that now seeing the elections coming closer, Captain Amarinder Singh was once again making a false pretend to be the messiah of Dalits.. Slamming the Akali Dal and Sukhbir Badal, Cheema said that during the Badal government, there were a lot of atrocities on Dalits, but the Badals never paid attention to their social plight. "If they cared about the Dalits, Parkash Singh Badal would have replaced his son Sukhbir Badal with a Dalit as the Deputy Chief Minister. But he is so family-oriented that his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal was made a minister in the central government and given his son the command of Punjab," he said.
Cheema further said that the situation of the Dalits in Punjab was done worst by the Badal government. He said that the Badals had done injustice not only to the Dalits but to the whole class. "Be it a religious matter or financial, the people of Punjab have been hurt in every way by the Badals," he said. Cheema said that the result of this is that today the people of every section of Punjab hate the Badals. "The people of Punjab can never forget the disgusting works they did while in power," he added.