While Punjab is fighting battle of survival, politicians indulge in violence to win civic bodies’ polls

How sincere political leaders of Punjab are to the cause of their people of the state can be judged from the fact they are indulging in bloody clashes to ensure their victory in the civic bodies polls being conducted across the state, while the masses are fighting a crucial battle of their survival.

More than 150 farmers participating in the struggle for repeal of three ‘draconian’ agriculture laws of BJP-led union government of India have sacrificed their precious lives and lakhs of the farmers are spending nights on roads in extreme chill since November 26, but the politicians are seen focusing on their sole motive—securing victory in the elections.

Punjab today witnessed two such incidents that portray the mentality of the traditional politicians owing allegiance to the ruling Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal).

Four people were deeply injured after workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress clashed during nomination filing for the Jalalabad municipal council elections in Fazilka district. SAD (B) president and former Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal had a narrow escape when his SUV got caught in the clash. His vehicle was damaged in the stone-pelting.

A visual of attack on Sukhbir Badal in Jalalabad

Another incident took place at Bhikhiwind small town of Tarn Taran district, wherein workers of both parties opened fires at each other on the second day of the nomination filing for Nagar Panchayat polls. Workers of the ruling party forcibly snatched nomination papers from a candidate of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

After the clashes, leaders of both parties have started a blame game over this issue leaving the main concern of the people on the back foot.


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