SAD accuses UPA of discriminating against Punjab
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal today accused the Union government of discriminating against Punjab by allegedly shifting the Indian National Defence University (INDU) from Punjab to Haryana.chandigarh Updated: May 20, 2010 18:08 IST
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal today accused the Union government of discriminating against Punjab by allegedly shifting the Indian National Defence University (INDU) from Punjab to Haryana.
At a meeting of the general council of the party presided over by its President Sukhbir Singh Badal here, SAD described the alleged move to shift the INDU from Punjab to Haryana as "another grave injustice with Punjab."
In a resolution passed at the meeting, the party alleged that whenever Congress party has come to power at the Centre, it has discriminated against Punjab.
The resolution claimed that the Defence University was announced for Punjab in the year 1999 on the occasion of the tercentenary celebrations of the Khalsa.
"The Congress by shifting the university to (south) Haryana has shown its anti-Punjab bias," the resolution said.
Accusing the Union government of cancelling the proposed Sri Anandpur Sahib-Amritsar rail link project, the resolution said it was yet another example of the Centre-sponsored conspiracy to leave Punjab out of the development loop.
In another resolution the party expressed anguish at the the reported statement of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh giving a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and said he should stop trying to scuttle the case by giving misleading statements.
It also demanded that Singh apologize to the people of the country in general and victims of the carnage in particular for making a statement like that.
Allging that senior Congress leaders were making all efforts to shield Tytler and Sajjan Kumar in the anti-Sikh riots cases, the party said the Sikh community would not forgive them.
The SAD also criticised the UPA for not implementing the "one rank-one pension" scheme for ex-servicemen, saying it was an act of betrayal against those who risked their lives to guard the frontiers of the country.