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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Amritsar, November 15, 2012
Praising the efforts of chief parliamentary secretary (CSP) Navjot Kaur Sidhu in exposing the 'corrupt practices' of a Rupnagar-based doctor, senior Congress leader from the Majha belt and former MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa sought to know from chief minister Parkash Singh Badal whether the action of the CPS was praiseworthy or condemnable.

Referring to the criticism of Sidhu by health minister Madam Mohan Mittal, the Congress leader said that instead of praising the CPS, the chief minister had remained silent. This clearly implied that the chief minister and his ministerial colleagues seemed to condone all acts of corruption or corrupt practices going on in the state, he claimed.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, Dimpa said that from the Mittal-Sidhu spat one thing was clear that there seemed to be no cohesion in the SAD-BJP government. The ministers were neither aware of what the CPSes under them were doing, nor were they aware of the state government's policies and programmes vis a vis their respective ministries, he added.

"The chief minister and the deputy chief minister are running the show with the ministers dancing to their tunes. A minister cannot distribute even a rupee for a welfare scheme linked to his ministry without the consent of the CM or the deputy CM. The net result is that the common man is the sufferer," he said.

Turning to the habit of the Badals of blaming the central government for the "ills of Punjab", Dimpa said it had become clear that the central funds had been misused and squandered in the state. The economy was in a shambles and the government did not have money even to pay salaries of a large section of its employees and bills to the tune of Rs. 4,000 crore were pending with the state treasury, he claimed.

The Congress leader alleged that after taking over the transport, cable network, sand and gravel and liquor business in Punjab, the Badals and their relatives were now eyeing the realty sector.

He alleged that while the common man was finding it hard to buy even a small piece of land, the Badals were buying prime locations all over the state with the assistance of the land mafia, and in the years to come, the ruling family would change the CLU (change of land use) rules and other guidelines for getting their housing colonies and industrial sites approved.