Alleging that the poor financial condition of the state was due to the Badals, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Patrap Singh Bajwa has said that a delegation will meet the President Pranab Mukherjee and demand imposition of financial emergency in the state.
He alleged that the SAD-BJP coalition had been forced to start pawing the 'family silver' (state's assets) to even pay monthly salaries to employees.
Declaring local MP Vijayinder Singla as candidate for the Lok Sabha polls, Bajwa asked the workers to gear up for polls.
Highlighting various financial parameters and debt figures, Bajwa said: "Punjab is reeling under debt of more than Rs 1 lakh crore. Finance minister Parminder Dhindsa has admitted that he cannot even declare dearness allowance for MPs. However, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal continues to fool people by giving press statements that Punjab will soon be another Paris."
"Do not turn Punjab into a Paris, as it will take time. For the time being, please start giving salaries in-time and an installment of DA."
Continuing to target Badals, Bajwa added: "How have the Badals become rich, even as the state's debt is increasing daily. The chief minister is a multibillionaire. Why the Badals didn't apply the same magic formula for state economy with which they earned crores of rupee for family?".
He alleged that Badals were looting the state exchequer through liquor, transport and illegal mining.
Bajwa also rebutted statements being made by Badal and his son that the Centre was meddling in affairs of state. He claimed that these were excuses to escape public anger against poor governance, corruption, deteriorating law and order situation and bad economy. He said that UPA government at center was rather helping the Punjab government to build infrastructure, set up quality education institutes and improve health and education services in state. The UPA government was not responsible for misappropriation of rural development development funds, book scam in education department and medicine scam in health department, he claimed.
Other included Vijay Inder Singla MP, Surinderpal Singh Sibia former MLA and Balbir Singh Sidhu MLA Mohali, Jasbir Singh Ex-Minister, Subhash Grover President DCC Sangrur, Surjit Singh Dhiman ex-MLA, Chand Singh Chopra ex-MLA, Gurcharan Singh Dirba, Aman Arora Member AICC, Rajinder Deepa and Mai Roop Kaur, also addressed the workers.
Bajwa added that the CM had failed to persuade Gujarat chief minister Narender Modi to withdraw his government's special leave petition in the Supreme Court to dislocate Sikh farmers from Kutch and he was offering legal help as mere formality.
Bajwa said that Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had promised accompany the Gujarat farmers to meet Modi and convince him to withdraw the SLP. He claimed that Badals had a habit of making false promises and the episode had proven it.
"The farmers have rightly rejected the legal help by SAD-BJP government. If the coalition was serious in its offer, it would have persuaded Modi to withdraw the petition," he added.