Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Saturday accused the Congress-led UPA of adopting a discriminatory attitude towards Punjab by shifting the cashless treatment of road accident victims pilot project from Punjab to Congress-ruled Rajasthan.
In a release, Harsimrat said the UPA's decision had exposed its anti-Punjab face yet again.
She urged state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa to put pressure on his party high command to reconsider the Centre's decision. "If Bajwa is actually concerned about Punjab's interest, he should bring back the scheme from Rajasthan. Otherwise, he should avoid misguiding people at his mass contact programme by putting up a 'constructive image' of the UPA", she said.
Last year, the Centre had chosen the Amritsar-Pathankot national highway stretch in Punjab for the country's first-ever cashless treatment scheme for road accident victims but had later unilaterally shifted the scheme for implementation in Rajasthan. Harsimrat claimed this had been done with an eye on the assembly elections there.
She said all SAD MPs would rake up this anti-Punjab decision in the monsoon session of Parliament.