Condemning the Abohar murder, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday said “none” of the accused involved in the case was associated with the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal.
“None of the accused of this heinous crime is directly or indirectly associated with the SAD,” Badal reporters on the sidelines of a sangat darshan programme in a village of his home constituency Lambi.
Rubbishing the allegations levelled by Congress leaders regarding this case, Badal claimed Congress was doing “petty politics” over the sensitive issue.
The Congress has sought a CBI inquiry, monitored by a Punjab and Haryana high court judge, into the murder of the a 27-year old Dalit man Bhim Sain, whose limbs were chopped off on December 11 at Abohar by suspected henchmen of liquor baron and Akali Dal leader Shiv Lal Doda.
Badal said Punjab was not any exception when it comes to taking productive loans from financial institutions to execute development programmes.
“Rather it is a common phenomena that not only states but even big nations seek loans for carrying out welfare programmes,” he said.
The chief minister also described Punjab as among the “least indebted” states in the country.
“As compared to other states in the country , Punjab was least burdened with debt. However, the debt on Punjab is also due to productive loan, which has been aptly being utilised for the overall development of the state,” Badal said.
The chief minister said the state government was firm on its stand on naming the airport after legendary martyr Bhagat Singh.
Badal said they have raised the issue with the Union government, adding that there should be no controversy on the issue as no one would have objection in naming the facility after Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
“This airport must be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh and controversy on it must be avoided at all costs,” he added.
The chief minister said the work of distributing 10% of the total compensation of cotton crop loss to the farm labourers would be completed soon. He said that the eligible beneficiaries would be identified at village level and the process would be over soon.