Why attacks on Panchs and Sarpanches in Punjab?


Sawinder kaur, Chandigarh: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab has questioned the attacks on Panch-Sarpanchs in Punjab. The party said in a statement that anti-social elements with criminal tendencies did not care about the law. They do not hesitate to carry out any incident during the day. As a result, not only the general public but also the elected representatives through the Panchayati Raj system are not safe.

The party’s chief spokesperson and MLA Prof. Baljinder Kaur said that most of the Panch Sarpanches of the state were under the shadow of fear. Delegations of Panch-Sarpanchs have to reach out to the Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition for their safety. It was a great shame for the government that the delegation of Panch-Sarpanchs and Samiti members belonging to Fatehgarh Sahib district were unable to hand over their demand letter to the Chief Minister to the Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh.

Prof. Baljinder Kaur said that Gram Panchayat Halotali, Naraingarh Channa, Malu Heri, Sarana, Makhepur, Nalini, Chhaleri Khurd, Tana, Mohammadipar, Chhaleri Kalan, Panjoli Khurd, Amargarh, Panjoli Kalan, Nalina Khurd, Bagrian, Gunian Majra, Patiala Gram Panchayats of Chalela, Lag, Raungla, Nandpur Kesho and SAS Nagar District’s Machhli Kalan, Jhanjeri, Suwara Kalan, Jhanjeri, Suwara, Chuhar Majra, Patto etc. Expressing concern over the killings of sarpanches in Amritsar and other districts and attacks on panchayat representatives during lockdown, the Chief Minister sought protection of elected panches, sarpanches and samiti members.

Prof. Ms. Baljinder Kaur said that in view of the hollow state system of the state the concern of these elected representatives was justified for which the Chief Minister should take concrete steps to improve the law and order situation in the state as the responsibility of the Home Minister rests with the Chief Minister.