YAD activists ask Rahul Gandhi why he is shielding SC scholarship scam kingpin Sadhu Singh Dharasmsot
(YAD workers led by Parambans Singh Romana hold a massive protest march in the city)
(Say Rahul silent because proceeds of SC scholarship scam reached Cong high command)
Smacharaajtak, Jalandhar, October 5 – Youth Akali Dal (YAD) activists today asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi why he was shielding SC scholarship scam perpetrator and SC Welfare minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot , even as they demanded a CBI inquiry into the case while staging a massive protest march here.
The youth activists, who broke various police cordons to reach Dr B R Ambedkar chowk from the Deputy Commissioner’s office here while chanting slogans of “Congress da Sadhu chor hai” and “Rahul da Sadhu chor hai”, said it was clear that the proceeds of the crimes of Dharamsot had reached both the office of chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh as well as the party high command. “There is no other reason why Rahul Gandhi should keep silent on the issue and even refuse to direct the chief minister to take exemplary action against the minister who was guilty of spoiling the future of three lakh Dalit students in the State”, said YAD President Parambans Singh Romana.
Delivering an impassioned speech on the occasion, the YAD President said “just like yesterday when Rahul Gandhi ran away from telling farmers and the khet mazdoor why he had adopted double standards which helped the BJP government in passing the Agri Acts, today also he is running away from telling the Dalit community why he is patronizing Dharamsot” Adampur legislator Mr pawan kumar tinu was also present on this occasion.
Mr Parambans Romana said it was condemnable that both the national parties – whether the Congress or the BJP – were playing with the sentiments of Dalits. He said nothing was being done to give justice to the three lakh Dalit students whose scholarship money had been looted by Dharamsot and former SC Welfare department Director turned Congress mla Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal. “The Congress government is shielding the accused. A CBI inquiry is needed in the case to ascertain why Balwinder Dhaliwal, who was one of the king pin in the scam, was awarded the Congress ticket from Phagwara one month after he resigned from government service. It is clear that both the CM office and the Congress high command have been compromised by the scamsters”.
Stating that Rahul was also adopting double standards on issues concerning the Dalit community, the YAD President said Rahul had refused to wipe the tears of Dalit families whose children were being denied higher education and even denied degrees after completion of their courses because the Congress government had failed to submit their scholarship fee to educational institutions.
The YAD also rejected the sham re-inquiry conducted into the case by the chief minister. It said a junior officer could not hold an inquiry to give a clean chit to Dharamsot after he had been indicted by an Additional chief secretary rank officer in an Rs 69 crore scam. It said even though the original inquiry indicted Dharamsot and Dhaliwal, now efforts were on to pin the blame on clerical staff.
Youth activists led by Mr Romana and YAD secretary general Sarabjot Singh Sabi also paid their respects to Babasaheb Dr B R Ambedkar at Ambedkar chowk and resolved to continue their struggle for justice in the case till Dharamsot is not arrested and jailed. EOM