Senior SAD leader and MP Prem Singh Chandumajra on Monday dismissed PPP leader Manpreet Singh Badal’s opposition to the demand for a drastic recasting of the Constitution to make India a genuinely federal country as “an utterly uneducated and immature response”.
The demand was raised by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at a meeting of the chief ministers convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Sunday.
The meeting had been called to discuss restructuring of the Planning Commission in light of the federal principle.
In a statement here, Chandumajra said Manpreet should clarify his own position on Badal’s demand for a genuine federal structure, especially on the basis of his experience as the state’s finance minister.
The Akali leader said the PPP chief did not even seem to know what he was opposing because as finance minister he had himself complained of the Centre’s crippling hold on all resources and powers on policy formulation and decision-making processes in the country, reducing the states to the plight of beggars at the door of the Centre.
The SAD general secretary said that even as an Akali, Manpreet had never tried to understand why his own party had spearheaded a nation-wide campaign for federal structure, nor had he ever tried to understand the philosophy of regional autonomy on which the basic approach of the SAD to federalism rested.
“About why Badal chose the timing now, it is laughable that Manpreet does not know that the timing of the debate was not decided by Badal but by the Prime Minister,” the Akali leader said.