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Badal accuses Congress of religious and economic attacks on Sikhs

punjab Updated: Jul 31, 2014 21:07 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has accused the Congress of military, religious and economic attacks on Punjab and Sikhs and said the formation of a separate SGPC in Haryana is its latest attack with the intention of dividing the Sikhs.

Addressing a gathering here on Thursday after paying tributes to Shaheed Udham Singh's memorial on his martyrdom day, Badal said that people of Punjab will never forgive the Congress for its anti-Sikh steps.

He also accused former UPA government at the Centre of discrimination against Punjab saying, "The Congress government had caused huge damage to the state industry by providing several packages to other states."

"Now with the NDA coming to power at the Centre, the people are expecting a huge relief in the coming days," he added.

On a question about the allegations and counter- allegations by Punjab BJP and SAD leaders about the government's failure to check illegal mining, Badal said, "All leaders from BJP or SAD are welcome to raise issues with the government."

On the delay in setting up a museum in memory of Shaheed Udham Singh, Badal said that the SAD-BJP government in Punjab was planning to set up a `200-crore Jang-e-azadi memorial at Kartarpur near Jalandhar.

This unique memorial would showcase the supreme sacrifices made by our freedom fighters to make the country free from British imperialism. "Shaheed Udham Singh's memorial will be constructed in Sunam once the district administration provides land," he added.

The chief minister said that the state government has demanded `2,000 crore as compensation for drought-hit farmers of the state and they were hopeful of their demand getting accepted, he added.
Earlier, the chief minister remembered the sacrifice of Shaheed Udham Singh in the freedom movement of the country.