Ludhiana: Aam Aadmi Party’s 100 Km Cycle rally from Ludhiana to Chandigarh against Badal Govts. VVIP Culture got an overwhelming response from the people of Punjab as it culminated in Chandigarh this afternoon.
The Aam Aadmi Party Volunteers lead by Aam Aadmi Party Leader Mr. H. S. Phoolka restarted the rally this morning from Morninda after a night halt. Mr. Phoolka himself cycled all the 100 kms along with volunteers from all of Punjab. The roads along the routes were lined with large number of volunteers and supporters.
Aam Aadmi Volunteers with their signature caps and bands could be seen in complete discipline peddling to Chandigarh with immense enthusiasm while appointed volunteers acting as traffic Marshals ensured that there was no blockage in the flow of traffic and it continued utterly smoothly.
Mr. H. S. Phoolka’s rally got a huge boost with the joining of the Aam Aadmi Party Haryana team lead by Mr. Naveen Jaihind at Kharar.
The Badal govt showed its fear of this sounding of the bugle of Public outcry by trying to stop Mr. Phoolka and the rallyists at Balaungi Barrier outside Mohali. The Punjab Police officials seem to be giving flimsy excuses for stopping the cycle rally which were unacceptable to Mr. Phoolka and the sea of Aam Aadmi Party volunteers with him as we had intimated the route 5 days in advance. Sucha Singh Chhotepur, the State Convener Aam Aadmi Party Punjab welcomed them outside the Court Complex at Mohali.
The Cycle rally finally culminated at the Roundabout before the Punjab Secretariat in Chandigarh in the presence of Mr. Harinder Singh Khalsa, Aam Aadmi Party MP from Fatehgarh Sahib.
Addressing the huge crowd which had gathered at the end point Mr. H. S. Phoolka said that “ This Cycle Rally is to protest against the rampant VIP culture and the wastage of public money on VIP’s. The govt. has no money to pay the salaries of its employees but are spending lavishly on their security and travel. The MLA’s have doubled their salaries but the old age pensions are still pending to be distributed to the people in need and the scholarships for differently-abled persons are also not paid.
We demand the implementation of the principle of “lowest employee should be paid first”. The ministers and minister’s staff should be paid after everyone else in the department is paid.
The rally is also against the increasing use of Drugs and the government’s failure to run De-Addiction centers properly.
The tremendous response this rally has received is a final warning to the SAD/BJP Govt that the people of Punjab have decided to stop their extravaganzas which cause a colossal waste of Public money “.