Congress candidate from Anandpur Sahib constituency, Ambika Soni, blamed the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) government in Punjab for industrial slowdown and financial crisis in the state.
While addressing election meetings at Nangal, Ganguwal, Hambewal and Nangra, here on Wednesday, Soni said industrial development in Punjab had taken a backseat in the past many years, and high debt was causing inflated prices.
She said Punjab was under a huge debt running into thousands of crores which had an adverse effect on people, adding that the financial crunch in Punjab had resulted in higher taxes being levied, higher price of petrol, greater transport cost, and inflated household expenditures. “Teachers, anganwadi workers and government servants are not being paid salaries, nor are the elders and widows being given pension. This is a worrying trend as the debt seems to be rising with no attempts by the government to take preventive measures,” the Lok Sabha candidate from Anandpur Sahib said.
Further targeting the SAD-BJP gover nment, she said, despite holding summits for the promotion of industry in the state, the government was unable to attract investors.
“While new investors were keeping a distance, existing industries were closing down and neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Jammu and Kashmir were benefitting,” she added.
Himachal Pradesh transport minister GS Bali and former member of legislative assembly (MLA) Rana KP Singh also spoke on the occasion.