Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday said the biased attitude of the Congress-led UPA government towards states ruled by opposition parties was straining Centre-state relations.
Interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of a sangat darshan programme in the Gidderbaha assembly segment, the CM said the national Congress leadership was eroding the federal system by ignoring elected governments of states during the inauguration or foundation stone-laying of development projects.
He said whether it was Uttar Pradesh or Punjab, Congress leaders had ignored the ruling political leadership during functions of the union government, just to draw political mileage from these projects.
Badal said he was not bothered about not being invited for the function to lay the foundation stone of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) satellite centre in Sangrur, but the humiliation of the state government by the Centre was unconstitutional and derogatory.
The CM said health was a state subject, but Congress leaders, who had the habit of usurping powers of states, had again encroached upon their rights.
Tit for tat, says Warring
Congress MLA from Gidderbaha Amarinder Singh Raja Warring called the invitation row a tit-for-tat lesson for the CM. "The CM must have understood now how painful it is not to get an invitation for a government function," said Warring, who has been opposing sangat darshan programmes held in his constituency in his absence.
"On Thursday, Badal again held a sangat darshan in my constituency without inviting me. When I asked the CM to invite me for these programmes, he humiliated me by making fun of my constitutional position in the assembly. But now he has really got what he deserves," Warring added.
"The incident may prove to be an eye-opener for the CM and I hope that he would extend an invitation to me for the next sangat darshan in my constituency," the MLA said.