Demanding a resolution in the Vidhan Sabha to applaud the contribution of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Punjab's development, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar on Wednesday accused the state government of making baseless allegations against the leader's central regime.
Speaking on the motion of thanks on the governor's address, which DS Cheema of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had moved, the CLP opposed the motion and said the government had ignored the PM personal contribution to the border state. Jakhar mentioned the central government projects, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), central university, and cancer hospitals, apart from liberal financial help, that the Centre had given to the state.
"The government did not mention the PM in the governor's address, after all that he has done for the state," said Jakhar, referring to Manmohan's initiatives of running 22 new trains in Punjab in contrast to the state government's declining to give land for the rail-coach factory in Gurdaspur. "It is because of the state government that the project went to Haryana," he said.
Charging the government with failing to tackle unemployment, Jakhar said it was at the root of Punjab youth's resorting to illegal practices to earn money. "The problem is this government doesn't accept its drawbacks. This is the sad state of affairs. There is a too much of sadness around here," he quipped.
Referring to the spate of attacks on police personnel in which Youth Akali Dal (YAD) activists were accused, the Congress leader said the only avenue left for the jobless youth is "this criminal economy".