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'Sukhbir working in autocratic manner'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurdaspur, January 28, 2013
First Published: 19:28 IST(28/1/2013) | Last Updated: 19:50 IST(28/1/2013)

Leader of Opposition in the Vidhan Sabha, Sunil Jakhar, has alleged that SAD president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was functioning in an autocratic manner by centralising all the administrative powers in his own hands.

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Jakhar was addressing mediapersons at the residence of Congress leader Raman Bahl here on Monday.

He alleged that Sukhbir had made all the democratic institutions defunct in the state and the police department was being run by the Akali leaders. He claimed that there was chaos and lawlessness in the state.

On the Delhi gurdwara management committee elections, Jakhar said that Sukhbir had used all his musclemen to ensure victory of SAD candidates by hook or crook.

He said that contrary to its pre-poll promises, the SAD-BJP alliance had imposed fresh taxes on the urban population. He said that Sukhbir was keen on getting rid of his party's dependence on BJP to have majority in the House. He alleged that sand mining contracts had been 'cleverly' allotted by the Sad government at throwaway prices to its supporters and the open bidding system was an eyewash.

He condemned chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for raising hollow slogans in favour of diversification of crops, while in Abohar a kinnow processing plant was shut due to the apathy of the government. He said that the number of unemployed youth was on the rise and the government was doing little to check it.

Jakhar asserted that the Congress would put up a united face in the Moga byelections and would try to retain the seat with it. Meanwhile Jakhar handed an official letter to a local Congress worker Hadeep Singh Bedi, appointing him as the district general secretary of the party.

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