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Punjab Congress scuttling central grants: Sukhbir

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that UPA government was trying to scuttle central grants for the state.

chandigarh Updated: May 09, 2012 17:39 IST

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that UPA government was trying to scuttle central grants for the state.

Speaking to reporters at a function here, Badal said that the Punjab Congress unit spent last five years in scuttling central grants, development package for the state with the hope that they would be able to derail the accelerated development campaign of SAD-BJP government.

He was speaking at a function appointing famous Punjabi folk singer and film artist Harbhajan Mann as new chairman of District Planning Committee.

Badal said that despite their vicious campaign our government was able to showcase unprecedented development to the electorate, on which they have put their stamp of approval by re-electing the same government.

He said that electorates of Punjab have seen through the anti-state game of Congress party and had punished them by dumping them in Vidhan Sabha elections.

The deputy chief minister regretted that whereas in other states all parties joined their hands to seek central grants for the states but frustrated Punjab congress party has failed to sense the anger of electorates on this issue.

When asked about choice of Mann as new chairman, Badal said that the SAD-BJP has chosen Mann as he has ability, vision and international exposure to take the development of Mohali (Ajitgarh) district in the higher orbit.

He said that besides continuing old unfinished projects Mohali would soon have an international level exhibition centre besides a convention centre to give a promotion platform to IT companies setting up their units here.

In the next two-three years Mohali would witness such an unprecedented development that it would put the parent city Chandigarh in shade.

He said that with the operationalisation of international flights from Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport Mohali, the development of this region as an international IT hub would get a big boost.

On the issue of problems of grain storage, Badal put the blame squarely on the union government's old habit of taking decisions when harvest season was over.