Reacting to the statement by Amritsar MP Captain Amarinder Singh about officers putting a debt-ridden Punjab under more debt, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Sunday took it as "a serious threat issued to bureaucrats".
SAD spokesman Dr Daljit Singh Cheema told the former chief minister that the officers "are working day and night for the development of Punjab, under a constitutionally elected government, and he has no business to threaten them. If he has any point to make, let him make it to the government."
"It is not the first time when Amarinder has tried to terrorise the officers to stop them from performing their bona-fide duties. Before the 2012 Punjab elections as well, he had told banks in the same fashion to not issue loans to the state for development works," said Dr Cheema.
He even accused Amarinder of asking the-then prime minister Manmohan Singh of the Congress to stop grants worth crores of rupees to Punjab.
"Amarinder did so apprehending that development of the state would mean his defeat in the assembly elections. History is going to repeat, so the same fear has gripped Amarinder," said the SAD spokesman.
Rana Gurjeet defends Capt
Rana Gurjeet Singh, Congress legislator from Kapurthala, has defended Amarinder over his cautioning the state officers and taken on Akali leader Dr Daljit Singh Cheema for his criticism of Captain. "No well-wisher of Punjab can ever think of putting a further liability of `10,000 crore on a state that is under a humungous debt of `1.25 lakh crore already," observed Rana, in a statement issued here. "The Akali intentions are clear. Knowing that they aren't coming back to power, they want to borrow money to pass on the liability to the next government," he said.
"Amarinder has every right to sound caution, and he has done the right thing by advising officers not to let the Akalis push Punjab into a deeper debt trap," he added.