Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday charged the union government with misusing the central bureau of investigation (CBI) to coerce its allies to stay in the flock.
The disintegrating United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was on ventilator, said Sukhbir. "The dirty trick of the ruling party at the Centre (to use the CBI) has reinforced our demand for total autonomy to the CBI," he added in an interaction with the media after inaugurating a railway over-bridge built for Rs. 30 crore here and laying the foundation stone of the Sadar police station at his family's native village, Badal.
He criticised the CBI raids on the leaders separating from the UPA and said it was to force them into submission. "The UPA government has dangled the same sword (of the CBI investigation) over the heads of Mulayam Singh Yadav (of the Samajwadi Party) and Mayawati (of the Bahujan Samaj Party) and threatened them with corruption charges if they withdraw support," Sukhbir told the reporters.
"The raids on Stalin on the flimsy issue of illegal car import were just subtle message to Mulayam and Mayawati, who were sitting on the fence," said Sukhbir. "The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) (opposition group at the Centre) advocates total autonomy to the CBI to rule out its being used as a tool to target political enemies."
Asked for his reaction to the directive of all-India Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to his state party leaders to woo the deras and other sects before the next Lok Sabha elections, Sukhbir said: "Come what may, we (the NDA) will win all 13 seats in Punjab and voters will give us full marks out of 100."
"After all the scams, if someone still votes for the Congress, there is no bigger sin," he said, mobilising his party for the Lok Sabha elections, which he said were inevitable in two or three months.
'Bill to regularise illegal colonies on Monday'
Asked about problems in the registration of property, especially in illegal colonies, Sukhbir Badal said the Punjab government was working on a comprehensive policy to solve this.
"In the assembly session on Monday, the government will bring out a holistic legislation to regularise all illegal colonies in the state," said the deputy chief minister. "We will also make a foolproof policy to curb the mushrooming of slums."