Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 25
The Bharatiya Janata Party said on Friday that there was complete anarchy in Punjab, that law and order was “is in hands of goons” and police had been rendered “a silent and helpless onlooker”.
BJP leader Tarun Chugh was responding to reports of vandalism allegedly by a mob of farmers at an event held by the party to mark the birth anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Bathinda.
Chugh, BJP’s general secretary, accused Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of “playing vicious games against the BJP” and claimed that there was “complete breakdown of law and order in Punjab”.
“The BJP workers are being assaulted, attacks were engineered on me and Punjab BJP president Ashwani Sharma, BJP offices were set on fire. Punjab is moving in the direction of becoming like West Bengal,” said Chugh in a letter he wrote to Governor VP Singh Badnore. He accused the chief minister of instigating Congress workers to attack the BJP.
Chugh’s letter said he was concerned about the state of law and order in the state where “BJP workers are facing threats to their life”. He also urged Badnore to take action against the chief minister and his government saying there was a serious “Constitutional crisis in Punjab where the BJP was not allowed to work democratically”.
“Such attacks would strengthen the BJP resolve to fight the inimical forces vigorously. The attempt of the Congress to throttle the BJP in Punjab would be met determinedly by the BJP workers,” Chugh said in the letter.