Chandigarh, October 1
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab Youth Wing president and MLA Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer said that the new Transport Minister Amarinder Singh Raja Warring had publicly confirmed the allegations leveled by the Aam Aadmi Party against the Congress government that the transport mafia in the state was running like the previous Badal government. Meet Hayer asked Raja Warring and Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi (Congress government) to tell when and what action was being taken against the ministers, officers, and other involved politicians who have been running the transport mafia for the last 15 years.
In a statement issued from the party headquarters here on Friday, Meet Hayer took strong note of Raja Warring’s confessional statement about the state’s active transport mafia. According to Meet Hayer, “Raja Warring’s public statement that he (Warring) will end the transport mafia within 15 days is in fact a clear acknowledgment that the transport mafia was still rampant in Punjab during the rule of the Congress government.”
Hayer said Raja Warring’s remarks have proved that former transport minister and current cabinet minister Razia Sultana was also part of the transport mafia; which is why the Congress government could not crackdown on the transport mafia. He said although Razia Sultana had resigned from the post of Cabinet Minister in support of Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu (which has not been accepted yet), the question was whether Razia Sultana had been a partner in the transport mafia. On what basis was he reinstated in the Cabinet, he said.
Taking a dig at Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Meet Hayer said that on one hand, the Chief Minister was urging the sand and other mafias not to try to meet him (CM), on the other hand, representatives of sand and transport mafia-like Rana Gurjit Singh and Razia Sultana have been seated in the cabinet. Therefore, it cannot be expected from Congress to end the mafia rule.
“The Congress and corruption are two sides of the same coin. Therefore, to eradicate corruption and mafia, the Congress will have to be ousted from power in the same way as it was done with the Badals in 2017,” said Meet Hayer. He said only the Aam Aadmi Party could save the people of Punjab from mafia rule and corruption.