Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ridiculed Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s demand to the Centre to waive the state’s Rs 1.02 lakh crore debt. He said it was outrageously ridiculous for the chief minister to beg of the Prime Minister for the special waiver instead of setting his own house in order.
In a statement issued here, Amarinder regretted that Badal, despite having served as the CM for such a long time, did not know the methods and procedures to be adopted for settling and sorting various financial matters between the state and the Centre.
He added that it was wrong to exclusively blame militancy for the current financial crisis in Punjab as it was actually Badal’s consistent failure, mismanagement and lack of vision to handle the economy that had led to the present mess, so much so that a CM, along with his deputy CM-son, had to virtually go begging for bailing out the state.
“Badal apparently assumes that like he goes on distributing financial grants in an archaic manner in his sangat darshan programmes, that has wreaked havoc on the state’s planning, he may also get special grants and waivers from the Centre in a similar manner,” he observed, while remarking, “Either Badal was trying to fool the people of Punjab or was trying to play a fool himself.”
He reminded Badals that he had always been telling them, whenever they gloated over Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley sending truckloads of money to Punjab, that nobody could do anything about it as long as the Badals did not put their own house in order.