Punjab foodgrain scam: AAP protesters block Chandigarh-Mohali border

              Amidst heavy police deployment at the entry points of Chandigarh and Mohali, a large number of AAP workers participated in the protest against the SAD-BJP led Punjab government.. AAP leaders with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal outside his official residence. (Source: Express Photo)

Thousands of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activists from across the state Monday braved scorching heat and staged a mammoth protest rally in Dussehra Ground in Mohali to protest against the RS 10,000 crore food grain scam and menace of drugs in Punjab.

The AAP activists reached Mohali from all parts of the state gathered at the Dussehra Ground after the Punjab police did not allow them to enter Chandigarh. The police had sealed all entry points to Chandigarh by posting a heavy posse of police as Mohali was turned into a cantonment.

Out of about 75,000 cops in Punjab, nearly 35,000 were posted in and around Chandigarh to prevent a law and order situation. The police was on its toes amidst concerns for security of Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal had the AAP activists reached his residence.

The AAP had originally planned to gherao the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s residence but police barricades outside the city did not let them enter.

AAP national spokesperson and in-charge of party affairs in Punjab Sanjay Singh accused Badal of using coercive ways and means at his command to ensure AAP doesn’t hold a massive protest. Express Photo

It was only in the afternoon that a few people led by AAP’s Punjab affairs in-ncharge Sanjay Singh and state Convenor Sucha Singh Chottepur and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann among others were allowed by the police to reach the CM residence, where they sat on a dharna.

Badal, in his typical style, had cancelled all his prior engagements and invited AAP leaders for fruitful and serious discussion on issues confronting Punjab the moment they reached his house. But they refused to enter his house and sat on a dharna. Then, the CM came out himself and spoke to them.

AAP leaders demanded action against Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for his alleged involvement in drug racket and action in food scam. Badal however refused to accept their demands stating he could not take action just on the basis of allegations. He said Majithia was not involved and there was no food scam in the state.

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