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Jasdeep Singh Malhotra, Hindustan Times
KARTARPUR, August 22, 2013
“If the Congress is a “bad” party, then why the Punjab chief minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal chose to get both his children married in families of the Congressmen?” Partap Singh Bajwa, Punjab Congress president, questioned during a party rally here on Thursday. Reacting to Badal’s allegations dubbing the Congress as state’s enemy, Bajwa said that the CM got his daughter married to former Congress chief minister Partap Singh Kairon’s son Adesh Partap Singh Kairon.

“Badal’s son Sukhbir Badal is married to Harsimrat, granddaughter of Surjit Singh Majithia, former deputy defence minister in Jawahar Lal Nehru government. Badal had been criticising the Congress in public for past nearly 50 years, but he did not find any suitable matrimonial alliance for his wards than the Congress families?” Bajwa said, amidst applause from the gathering.

Bajwa announced to file public interest litigation (PIL) to stop Badal government from mortgaging its properties to arrange Rs. 1000 crores loan from the banks. “We will not allow the government to sell public properties to arrange funds for paying salaries and to meet other financial liabilities,” he quipped.

Bajwa said that worst both Badal and Sukhbir were devising sinister designs to circumvent laid down fiscal procedures to sell prime lands “Punjab’s family silver” to fill the revenue and fiscal deficit gaps. “Intra department borrowing is being routed through Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), assigned to sell prime assets at undervalued prices for raising funds. The bragged tax buoyancy and VAT collection has fizzled out,” he alleged. 

Criticising the Badals for frequency of delay in salaries, Bajwa alleged in the last eight months, twice the salaries of top employees were delayed while the school teachers and the lower staff usually receive their salaries in thrice a year.

On cancellation of Sukhbir’s Canada visit, he said that former was forced to cancel his visit to Canada out of fear of backlash from NRI community. “The Sikhs don’t like the Badals, who used community’s influence to win the polls, but later failed to respond to them. Now, Sukhbir is afraid of facing them,” he said.

Accusing Sukhbir of purchasing votes during elections, Bajwa exhorted the people to give befitting reply to him for using money power to win elections. “Sukhbir thinks Punjabis are salable and he will buy them during polls even if he will not to be accessible to them later for years. Let Punjabis exhibit courage and ensure defeat of Akalis in Lok Sabha elections,” he asserted.

Targeting the home ministry headed by Sukhbir, Bajwa alleged that the ruling clan was patronising sale of drugs throughout the state.