UPLAND, CA – The Friends of Aam Adami Party (AAP) Los Anglese welcomed the leader of the Overseas Aam Aadmi Party, Sukhpal Singh Khaira to the US, at a reception held at Swad of India restaurant here on April 16. Khaira is a former Member of the Punjab Legislative Assembly from Bholath, Kapurthala District...
Prakash Singh Badal, he lamented the poor socio-economic conditions and large scale political corruption. Calling it a repressive regime, he said the media is being gagged and the electronic media is being hijacked by the Badal government. He told the gathering that they were fortunate to get ‘unfiltered’ information regarding Punjab here in the US.
Continuing the anti-Badal rhetoric, he blamed the poor governance for Punjab’s fall as an agricultural powerhouse. Punjab is presently 12th in agricultural growth and states like Bihar and UP have beat it. In times past it was the number one state.
Saying it was time for a change of hands, Khaira said AAP should be given a chance to restore the glory of the state. The Akali Dal-BJP combine and the Congress have had their chance and failed.
He recounted that in 1985, when he was a college student, Punjab was a surplus state, but 30 years on it is burdened with crores in debt. Lack of funds has impacted social welfare schemes. Government colleges and hospitals are in bad shape.
He went on to analyze the root of the problem which need to be tackled. Drug addiction was plaguing a large population. Narcotic drugs of various kinds were freely available. Suicide by farmers was increasing at alarming levels. Road accidents were on the rise with around 5000 killed on the road per year. Around 50 lakh educated youth were unemployed. Law and order was on the verge of collapse because of which corruption was rampant making NRIs apprehensive to invest in the state Lack of quality education and poor health care were also bringing the state down. Following his address, the floor was open for discussion in a Q& A session on issues related to Punjab and his vision for solving the problems of Punjab and overseas Indians. The event was organized by Sreekanth Kocharlakota, Ripudaman Sohi, Sartaj Dhaliwal, Narinder Singh, Kulbir Singh Samra and Jeshwant among others.