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Badal sees no hope in Manmohan-Sharif talks

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Batala, September 30, 2013
First Published: 19:50 IST(30/9/2013) | Last Updated: 20:04 IST(30/9/2013)

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Monday that there was hardly any hope of a positive outcome from the Manmohan Singh-Nawaz Sharif talks in view of the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan.

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Badal held a sangat darshan programme for 85 villages in Fatehgarh Churrian assembly constituency of Gurdaspur district. Addressing a press conference, he said India and Pakistan had not been able to achieve any headway from such a dialogue in the past, adding that the process was meaningless unless the tension was defused.

Terming as unfortunate Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's statement against the ordinance brought by the UPA government, the CM said the Nehru-Gandhi scion should have refrained from using such language which had denigrated the Prime Minister. Badal said if the Congress leader had any grouse against the ordinance, then he should have discussed the matter on the party platform rather than raising it publicly.

Taking a dig at Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa, Badal said the fact that party president Sonia Gandhi had not met a farmers' delegation led by the former in New Delhi showed that nobody was bothered about him (Bajwa). The CM said neither the Congress high command nor the state party leadership cared about Bajwa or the issues raised by him.

Referring to Congress MLA Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Badal said even his (Bajwa's) own party's legislators in the state were raising the banner of revolt against his functioning.

Replying to a query, the CM said People's Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal should not worry about the fiscal health of the state as the government had much more experience than the PPP leader of managing such affairs.

Due to bad weather, the helicopter carrying the CM failed to land at Batala in the morning. The chopper flew back to Amritsar, from where Badal travelled to the steel town by road.

He was accompanied by former speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon, former minister Capt Balbir Singh Baath, former Punjab Tubewell Corporation chairman Ravi Karan Singh Kahlon, special principal secretary to CM Gurkirat Kirpal Singh and deputy commissioner Dr Abhinav Trikha.

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