Immolation bid: Jobs not given like that, says Badal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Dec 14, 2014 14:24 IST

Describing the incident where a woman had set self ablaze outside his residence in Chandigarh on Friday as unfortunate, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said here that he would look into it on getting back to the state capital.

Interacting with the media during the sangat darshan (public contact) programme at Attari, he said: "Like you, I also came to know about this unfortunate incident over telephone, and will go back and get the details." About reports that the victim had met him for a job in the past as well, the CM said: "I am not aware. I can't remember everyone whom I meet, as I see hundreds of people every day. We can't keep a record of all."

On the woman's job prospects, Badal said: "Jobs are not given like that. There is a procedure, which involves advertising the vacancy and then inviting applications, and so on."

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was in Amritsar on Friday, also termed the incident unfortunate and said he would get the details. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Kamal Sharma had demanded an investigation into the incident. "We must look into why the woman took the extreme step. While these incidents are unfortunate indeed, these also bring a bad name to the government," he said.

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