Raising Moga incident, Opp targets Akali-BJP govt

Rajat Kain

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Congress leader Amrinder Singh demanded resignation of Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal.

Both the houses of Parliament witnessed angry protest over the brutal Moga incident in Punjab where a 13 years old girl was molested and pushed along with her mother from a moving bus last week. The bus is run by a company co-owned by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. While the girl succumbed to her injuries even as she was rushed to the hospital, her mother continues to battle critical injuries.

Bringing the issue before Parliament in the both the houses, opposition parties in one voice sought discussion on the brutal incident before transaction of regular business as both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were repeatedly adjourned. While the motions to adjourn the regular business were rejected in both the houses, several opposition leaders voiced their concerns over deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab and demanded resignations of ministers in Akali-BJP government.

Condemning the incident in Rajya Sabha, Congress party raised the demand for imposing President’s Rule in the state of Punjab. The demand was supported by the Left parties and Bahujan Samaj Party.

CPI (M) chief Sitaram Yechury even made a demand for the arrest of ministers in Punjab government for making controversial statements that was like insulting the victim.

“A standing minister has said that this is the act of God, that there’s no crime in it. I think such a minister should not remain in office,” Yechury said after apprising the house of the statement made by Surjit Singh Rakhra, Education Minister in Akali-BJP government in Punjab.

Though Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, MoS Parliamentary Affairs claimed the “state government took immediate action and it was not proper to discuss the working of state governments in the House”, the opposition took on the ruling benches on the fact that ruling party’s first family owns the bus company Orbit Aviation.

Congress party has been demanding Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s resignation for assuring fair investigations.

“The law and order machinery of the state, which had gone bankrupt long back, has totally collapsed. The SAD-BJP government has lost the will to govern and hence the President’s rule is the only option (left),” Congress party’s deputy leader in Lok Sabha Amrinder Singh told the press earlier outside the Parliament.

The opposition parties also raised allegations over the criminal conduct of the bus staff of the Badal family-owned Orbit Aviation. For years now they are alleged to have unleashed the reign of terror on the roads of Punjab with traffic rules violation to even attacking the police personnel on duty.

The incident had attracted widespread criticism soon after it came to light. While the Punjab police came under several questions for the lax pace of probe initially, the victim’s family too had refused monetary aid from the state government. The family had even refused to cremate the victim.

The 13-year old victim was cremated on Sunday, five days after the incident, as the family agreed for the post mortem and even accepted the compensation by the state government and Badal-owned bus company Orbit Aviation.