Hailing the Union government for announcing one rank one (OROP) pension for ex-servicemen, food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Tuesday lashed out at Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Captain Amarinder Singh saying the "proud soldier" had only paid lip service to their cause.
Saying the truth has finally been laid bare before the people, Harsimrat said the stand taken by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi by visiting the ex-servicemen during their protest had also been exposed.
"Rahul thought it would be difficult for the NDA government to keep its promise as the Congress government had failed to fulfil the veterans' demand during its 10-year rule. But he forgot that the NDA does what it promises and would never let down the proud soldiers who had done so much for the country," she said.
Lashing out at the Congress for playing petty politics on the OROP, Harsimrat said the NDA government had fulfilled its promise in 15 months while the Congress failed to implement it in a decade. She also reminded the Congress that in 1973, the Congress government headed by Indira Gandhi had terminated the OROP in an ex-parte decision following the third Central Pay Commission.
She said Amarinder had done nothing to get the OROP demand accepted by the previous UPA government. "Even recently, Amarinder failed to take up the demand effectively in Parliament despite being the deputy leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha. What is the use of issuing hollow statements from the luxury of your drawing room when you fail to raise your voice in favour of the soldiers in Parliament?" questioned Harsimrat.
"Amarinder has also betrayed the people of Amritsar. As the Amritsar MP, he never raised any issue of the holy city or its people in Parliament. He is now angling to resign as the MP as he wants to lead the Punjab Congress in the 2017 assembly elections," added Harsimrat.