Chandigarh, October 1
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab on Friday launched a state-level campaign named ‘Babasaheb ka Sapna adhura, Kejriwal karengey pura’, to be dedicated to the upliftment of the poor and downtrodden society. Under this campaign, the Aam Aadmi Party will go door-to-door in every village, town, locality, and ward of the state to inform people about how Arvind Kejriwal’s government in Delhi has made Babasaheb’s dream come true.
AAP MLA and Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema, Deputy Leader of Opposition Saravjit Kaur Manuke, and SC Wing state president Lal Chand Kataruchak, while addressing the media during a press conference here on Friday, said Babasaheb’s dream was that the people of all classes should get equal rights, everyone should get a good education, better health, and justice. “How will this justice be achieved? Until all the people of the society get educated and become healthy and they do not get equal employment opportunities, till then Babasaheb’s dream will not be fulfilled.”
Harpal Singh Cheema said the Congress and Akali-BJP governments, which ruled Punjab for decades, exploited poor Dalits and people of a backward class under the guise of Babasaheb’s dream. “The party has given equal opportunity to all sections of the people without any discrimination. I also come from backward class and the party has proved by making me Leader of Opposition; that there is no place for discrimination in the Aam Aadmi Party like other conventional parties in Punjab,” he added.
Saravjit Kaur Manuke said, “After independence, no party has done the work of taking all sections of the society together, but Arvind Kejriwal has done the work of fulfilling the dream of Babasaheb by giving them their rights along with education, health in Delhi. All the children of backward society get scholarships in Delhi.” She said the dream of Babasaheb of ‘Padho, Judo aur Sangharsh karo’ has been badly suppressed by Congress and the Akali-BJP. Manuke said the former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh first gained power by making false promises to the people and after that, his favorite minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot played with the future of hundreds of Dalit students by allegedly perpetrating post-matric scholarship scam.
“Today the condition is that the colleges of Punjab have closed their doors for lakhs of students belonging to Dalit and Backward Classes because the government has not given them any grant,” said Saravjit Kaur Manuke. She further said that the present Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi also comes from the Dalit class and should register a case against Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and the gang, who embezzled crores of rupees of the scholarships for Dalit students; and put them behind bars, so that the students can get justice.
Meanwhile, SC Wing state president Lal Chand Kataruchak said that all the previous governments have used the poor and the people of Dalit society for their political gains. He said due to lack of facilities in government hospitals and expensive treatment in private hospitals; the biggest loss is caused to the poor and people of backward class. The poor people of Punjab will be the biggest beneficiary of Arvind Kejriwal’s gift of free healthcare as a second guarantee to the people of Punjab on the lines of Delhi. He further said that Dalits constitute about 32 percent of the population in Punjab but even today they are deprived of basic facilities. All the governments that have ruled Punjab from 1984 till today have used them instead of providing facilities to the Dalit society, he added.
Kataruchak said the politics of vote bank which other parties are doing; we want to tell them that when the ministers sitting in the Punjab government embezzled the scholarships of SC students; the Aam Aadmi Party fought for the SC society in Punjab and sat on hunger strike. The Punjab government was forced by the Aam Aadmi Party to announce the scholarships for the children of the SC community, but the fight is still going on, he said. The AAP leaders said that after the formation of the Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab in 2022, every family will be provided with an electricity guarantee and along with it free and good health treatment, which has been guaranteed by Arvind Kejriwal. Some more guarantees will also be announced in the coming days.