‘Badal sharing stage with Jagir disservice to political morality’

A number of Congressmen, under the leadership of Sukhpal Khaira, took out a procession in Jalandhar on Saturday to protest against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for promoting criminals into politics. Badal is scheduled to visit Bholath constituency on December 3 to attend a public rally being organised by Bibi Jagir Kaur, who has been convicted to five years rigorous imprisonment. Congress urged Badal to reconsider his decision.

Khaira said that by sharing the dias with Bibi Jagir Kaur at a public meeting, Badal will be doing gross disservice to morality in politics. "It will be seen as a brazen and blatant attempt by Badal to promote criminality in politics and will send a very negative signal to society and youth," he added.

Khaira said that as per law under the Representation of People's Act 1951, Bibi Jagir Kaur may continue as MLA but she stands disqualified to contest any election for six years from the date of conviction - March 30,2012.

"Continuing his efforts to shield, defend and promote Bibi Jagir Kaur, Badal not only allowed her to continue as president of SGPC but also allotted her the party ticket in 2002, 2007 and 2012, despite framing of murder charges against her in 2000," said Khaira.

Congress also questioned the double standard and silence of MP Harsimrat Kaur on the conviction of Jagir Kaur. "It only indicates that her so called 'Nanhi-Chaan' programme is a farce, politically motivated and aimed at enhancing her political career. She should come forward and urge Badal not to promote those criminals responsible for foeticide, or else she should drop her 'Nanhi-Chaan' programme," said Khaira.

Badal was also criticised for ignoring MP Santosh Chaudhary while inaugurating a Sub Divisional Hospital at Bholath, funded by Rural Health Mission - a UPA programme. "By not including the name of the Congress MP on the foundation stones, the government has committed a grave constitutional error," he added.

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