Chandigarh: Senior congress leader & Punjab’s leader of the opposition (LoP) Partap Singh Bajwa on Wednesday said if the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government led by Bhagwant Mann was actually serious in implementing the use of Punjabi language in letter & spirit then it must put its own house in order first.
Bajwa said he believed Bhagwant Mann and his mentor Arvind Kejriwal must be aware of the famous saying which was true to the core even today that “ Charity always begins at home”. “
So if you really wanted to spread and implement the use of Punjabi language in every nook and corner of the state then it should first begin from the APP which has been elected to govern the state.
Bajwa said why Punjab’s Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan so far had not asked Rajya Sabha members of his own party Raghav Chadha & Sandeep Pathak to set an example and start learning Punjabi immediately.
“ Why Bhagwant Mann has not asked so far Naval Aggarwal, a close confidant of Kejriwal who has been especially sent to Punjab from New Delhi to oversee the governance of Punjab, to learn Punjabi and use it in his day to day functioning while dealing with the Punjab’s bureaucracy”.
Similarly why Satya Gopal, a former additional chief secretary and another Kejriwal confidant, who has been appointed chairman of Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) of Punjab should not be asked to learn Punjabi first before getting on with his regular work.
And why should a retired Indian Revenue Services (IRS) officer Rakesh Goyal who was also handpicked by Kejriwal and appointed as member of the RERA should not be asked to learn Punjabi first before dispensing his routine work.
Bajwa said most importantly Harjot Singh Bains while sitting along with Speaker Sandhwan were seen handing over sermons on the use of Punjabi. However Bains has never ever delivered a single speech in Punjabi on the floor of the house during the Vidhan Sabha sessions.
Bajwa said the AAP leaders were in the habit of giving lofty statements and did not ever shy away from making unrealistic promises. However in reality they were unable to live up to the expectations of the people and never stick to their words.