Chandigarh, Dec 18 Aam Aadmi Party today questioned Punjab government's motive behind its move to regularise 27,000 contractual employees, saying had the SAD-BJP coalition been serious on the issue they would not have waited for the state polls to approach.
The relatively new political outfit said the reported move by the SAD-BJP government to call a special assembly session tomorrow was nothing more than a "stage-managed" decision to placate the agitating contractual and temporary employees. AAP, Punjab Convener, Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi said if the government of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was indeed serious about the issue it would have regularised the employees long ago anytime during its 10-year rule in Punjab.
"(Parkash and Sukhbir) have taken the decision after being scared by various poll surveys that they will not be able to form the government in Punjab in 2017," he said. AAP has serious doubts about the intentions of the state government when assembly polls are just a month away, he said.
On his party's stance on the issue, Ghuggi assured if AAP forms the government in Punjab in the coming polls it would regularise contractual and temporary employees. He also alleged that Badal government has "unleashed a reign of terror through Punjab Police" on the employees.
"They have been continuously mercilessly beaten up, cane charged and humiliated whenever they raised their demand democratically for the regularisation of their jobs."