Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann Attacked Congress In The Assembly And Said Emergency A Big Blot On India’s Democracy
Punjab News: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday termed...
Punjab News: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday termed the Emergency as a “big blot” on India’s democracy and denounced it as a time when people’s voices were suppressed. During his address in the state assembly, CM Mann mentioned the emergency while concluding the discussion on the Governor’s address. On this day 47 years ago, Emergency was imposed for the first time in India. CM said, today a day came in the history of India, which was a big blot on India’s democracy. On this day in 1975, emergency was imposed in the country when the voice of the people was suppressed.
As soon as Mann began his speech, Congress members protested against not being given enough time to speak and walked out of the House. The CM said that call it a coincidence, those who suppressed the voice of the people then, today their voice could not be heard here. Emergency was imposed in the country by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for a period of 21 months from 1975 to 1977, when the fundamental rights of the people were placed under strict restrictions. The then Prime Minister lifted the Emergency in 1977 and called for Lok Sabha elections, in which the Congress suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of a united opposition of the Janata Party for the first time since the country’s independence in 1947.
Gangster will end from Punjab
During his hour-long address, CA Mann announced massive reforms in law and order and reiterated his desire to eliminate gangster culture from the state. The Chief Minister said that the State Government is duty bound to check gangster activities in the State. He said, “The need of the hour is to bring about comprehensive reforms in law and order. Mann said the state government would soon introduce the Witness Protection Bill. As Congress members started protesting for not being given enough time to speak, the Speaker said that the opposition members were actually given more time to speak during the discussion on the Governor’s address.
Leader of the Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa and other members of Congress accused the wrong assessment and walked out of the House. At that time Mann stood up to speak. When Congress members were walking out, Mann quipped, “The problem with Congress is that people don’t listen to them outside and here they don’t want to listen. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister said that a need-based campaign is being launched to check cross-border smuggling of narcotics and weapons in coordination with the Special Task Force, District Police, Intelligence Unit, BSF, Narcotics Control Bureau and other agencies.
Thanking the people of Punjab for giving AAP a big mandate in the assembly elections, he said, “Let us ensure that this revolution of change and good governance reaches every household and every person in Punjab.” Mann government has been the target of opposition parties for law and order. The Chief Minister said that the State Government is committed to maintain law and order at all costs. He said peaceful atmosphere will always prevail in the state and “severely severe” action will be taken against anyone trying to disturb the hard-earned peace.
Drug mafia will be tightened: CM Mann
Declaring a “war on drugs”, Mann clearly stated that the police have been instructed not to spare anyone who is involved in collusion with the drug mafia. He said the senior superintendent of police and police commissioners have been asked to work closely with the STF to nab the “big fish” involved in the supply of drugs. Every police officer in his jurisdiction will be held responsible for laxity in dealing with the drug menace. After capping the pension for former MLAs to one term, Mann said a bill in this regard would be brought in the ongoing budget session of the assembly.
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The Chief Minister had announced last month that former MLAs would now get pension for only one term. Ditching the earlier practice of receiving benefits for each term he served, Mann said, “The corruption-free governance ethos is at the core of our government. Which has been duly proved in its actions in the last 100 days. He said that the anti-corruption helpline was launched within the first few days of the formation of his government, in which 29 cases have been registered and 47 arrests have been made so far.
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