Quoting the Punjab and Haryana high court remarks against the state government on financial mess, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday said Punjab was heading towards bankruptcy due to the bad governance of the Parkash Singh Badal government.
In a statement, AAP spokesperson Sukhpal Khaira said the state government should go on austerity drive to improve the state’s fiscal health. “The Badals are busy doling out money to woo people who have decided to throw them out of power in the assembly polls,” he stated.
Khaira said the Badal government had failed to even release pension and post-retirement dues without any legal justification for months and years together, leading to a barrage of “cancerous litigation”.
“Even justice Rajiv Narain Raina of the high court has dubbed the state government stemming the rot by resorting to extraordinary measures. The court reminded the state chief secretary that when the disease is deadly, the cure must be drastic,” he said.
Quoting the court’s observation that the situation was “alarming” and the bench asking the state for an action plan to timely disburse pensions and submit a blueprint, Khaira said: “The Badals have taken an extraordinary step of mortgaging real estate, widow ashrams, mental hospitals, old district courts, jails and other government offices to raise Rs 2,100 core to meet its immediate needs.”