Aam Aadmi Party, which is eyeing to capture power in 2017 Assembly polls, on Thursday launched a campaign, ‘Captain Da Dhokha’, to “expose the lies” of state Congress chief Amarinder Singh who was in power during 2002-2007.
AAP’s Dakha candidate H S Phoolka alleged that Amarinder was making false promises of giving jobs to unemployed youth. He alleged that Amarinder, after becoming chief minister in 2002, had “put a ban” on recruitments.
He took charge in March of that year, and in a Cabinet meeting the very next month, he “banned” recruitments in the state, he claimed. He alleged that Punjab Public Service Commission and SSB were directed to stop the process of recruitment of any kind for government job.
“The irony is that there were many jobs for which the written test and interview process were completed but were stayed at the last moment, backstabbing lakhs of job- aspirants,” Phoolka alleged.
“The orders issued clearly said no further recruitment was to be initiated without consent of the Cabinet. So, if any department had to recruit even a clerk, it could not be done without Amarinder’s orders,” Phoolka said.
“On what basis now Captain again is making promises of providing jobs to youth when he is already exposed of telling lies,” Phoolka said.
Talking about AAP’s ‘Sukhbir Da Gapp, AAP Da Sach’ campaign, Phoolka said Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal “is in the habit of making tall claims without assessing feasibility of any project”.
He said the Deputy Chief Minister was trying to divert the attention of the people through propaganda.
Meanwhile, in-charge of Aam Aadmi Party Punjab and the party’s national spokesman Sanjay Singh said that the business community is the back-bone of the state’s economy and if voted to power AAP would provide business-friendly atmosphere in the state.
“Without the participation of business community, Punjab cannot progress as they contribute a lot for the overall development of the state through paying taxes to run welfare schemes for poor. Previous governments of Congress and SAD-BJP always ignored the interests of business community and rather looted them to make it difficult to run their businesses,” he alleged.
Once AAP is voted to power, social security of the business community would be ensured and to give prompt clearance to new businesses, a single-window system would be launch to cut red-tape and ‘Inspector Raj’, he said.
Singh said in Delhi, the Kejriwal government has reduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 12.5 to 5 per cent on several items.
“In spite of the steep reduction of VAT, revenue collection of the state was not adversely affected as people happily paid their due cases,” he said adding that on the same pattern, VAT in Punjab would also be reduced.
“Efforts would be made to revive the sick industry and bring back the industrial units, which were shifted from Punjab by extending them the deserving support,” he said.