Deputy Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday lashed out at chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal for “abandoning” Punjab by shifting the entire state apparatus to Haryana for campaigning there.
“They have virtually pushed and placed the government here in a suspended animation. That you are not serious about the government is too well known, but the way you have abandoned Punjab in pursuit of an elusive government in Haryana where you are contesting just two of the 90 seats amounts to absolute irresponsibility and wilful dereliction of duty,” Amarinder said in a statement.
“You (Badal) have always given preference and precedence to personal interests over the state interests. There is no government worth its name in Punjab right now. There is not even symbolic presence of anyone from the government in the civil secretariat and the brunt is being borne by the common man,” the former CM said.
“Badals’ only purpose in aligning with Chautalas in Haryana is personal and pecuniary since they now feel that they have already exhausted all the resources in Punjab with blatant loot to the extent that nothing more is left here. Now they want to extend their empire to Haryana so that they can expand their businesses like transport, hotels, mining, liquor and cable network there,” he added.
Amarinder said it would have been in the interests of both Punjab and Haryana if before joining the campaign there, Badal had committed to ensuring resolution of all pending issues between the two states in case their alliance came to power, which in all likelihood it would not.