'BJP equally responsible for fiscal mess in Punjab'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 07, 2014 21:56 IST

Former deputy speaker of Punjab vidhan sabha Bir Devinder Singh on Tuesday slammed MP Shanta Kumar’s remark as showing the BJP’s bias against the state’s farming community.

He was reacting to the MP’s remark that Punjab was in a fiscal mess due to indiscipline.

“The analytical commentary on the fiscal indiscipline prevalent in Punjab governed by both BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal, is a manifestation of the ill-founded belief that the farming sector is responsible for the fiscal ruins of Punjab.”

He alleged that the Modi government at the Centre was showing bias against Punjab by refusing a financial package to remedy its huge fiscal deficit.

Shanta Kumar surreptitiously opposed free power to the agriculture sector and taxing urban consumers in order to make strategic advances of the BJP in urban Punjab, independent of the SAD, Singh said.

“It is the first time that the major policy conflict between the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal has come to the fore, targeting the fundamental contours of the agrarian economy of Punjab and infrastructure development in rural Punjab,” added Bir Devinder Singh.

Singh raised doubts about why the saffron party had suddenly woken up on the state’s financial condition, given that the party had been an inseparable part of the SAD-BJP coalition for over 12 years.

He also added that the BJP must share the blame for debts to the tune of `1,13,000 crore, out of which `62,000 crore pertained to the period between March 2007 and March 2014, as they had never raised the issue during any of the cabinet meetings or in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

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