Badal has fallen back on Panthic agenda: Capt Amarinder Singh

  • PTI, Muktsar
  • Updated: May 16, 2015 23:28 IST

Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has fallen back on 'panthic' agenda after failing on the economic and law and order front.

"The choice is between economic progress and development on one side and the panthic agenda on the other," Capt Amarinder said while addressing workers meeting here today.

The former chief minister challenged Badal to list a single achievement he could claim credit for.

"Be it the wheat procurement, he (Badal) has failed. Be it law and order, he has failed. Be it economy, he has failed.
Be it industry, he has failed. Be it agriculture, he has failed," he said.

He alleged the only thing he had succeeded at was amassing personal wealth and fortune.

The Congress leader also raised questions about the amount of Rs 2200 crore which was provided by the Centre for water-logging in the area.

He said, similarly, there was no trace of Rs 14,640 crore cash credit limit sanctioned and released by the RBI for the procurement of wheat.

"The amount was sanctioned on April 1 and the farmers are yet to get the payment although 46 days have already passed," he said, while recalling that during his (Capt Amarinder's) chief ministership the farmers would get payment for their crops within 24 hours.

He also asked deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal where was the surplus power he had been crying hoarse about all these years.

"Ask farmers, industrialists and common people and they will tell you the duration of scheduled and unscheduled power cuts they are subjected to, before you try to sell them the lies of exporting power to Pakistan," he alleged.

He said he would ensured 8 hour regular power supply to the agriculture sector during his tenure.

Referring to the grim industrial scenario in the state, he said, most of the leading industrial houses were either planning to move out or were expanding in other states after limiting their operations here as they did not get any facilities in Punjab.

He said this has further complicated the problem of unemployment and revenue generation in the state.

Capt Amarinder said the Congress would form the next government in Punjab with a thumping majority.

He dismissed assumptions that there was factionalism in the party in the state, saying difference of opinion among the leaders does not mean its factionalism.

He said while the Akali-BJP alliance was completely discredited, the AAP was too insignificant and inconsequential in the political scheme of things in Punjab.

Speaking on the occasion, the Congress Legislative Party leader Sunil Jakhar lashed out at both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Badal for failing the country and the state, particularly the farmers.

He said nobody seemed to be bothered about the plight and distress of farmers.

He questioned Badal's motives and timing in organizing the religious yatra particularly when the state was faced with economic and law and order crisis.

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