Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday rejected the state BJP leadership’s concerns over the “deteriorating law and order situation in the state”, saying Punjab “is the most peaceful state in the country”.
The Punjab BJP, in its core committee meeting headed by state chief Vijay Sampla on Thursday, had urged the chief minister and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal to curb rising crime in the state.
“The law-and-order situation is absolutely fine, barring a few petty incidents of crime, which is a common phenomena and occur almost in every state,” Badal said on the sidelines of a sangat darshan here.
“In foreign countries too, big incidents occur quite often. I’m personally monitoring the law-and-order situation on a day-to-day basis,” he said.
The CM said he has already issued clear instructions to the top police brass to ensure security and safety of every citizen of the state.
Badal also ruled out the possibility of revival of terrorism in the state, especially in the wake of recent arrests of some militants. He said terrorism could never be revived without the support of the people.
PTU V-C row: File with Mittal, says Badal
On controversy over the appointment of vice-chancellor in Inder Kumar Gujral- Punjab Technical University (IKG-PTU), Badal said technical education minister Madan Mohan Mittal had himself constituted the Board of Governors (BoG) that recommended the name of a particular person for the V-C’s post.
Mittal has been blaming chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal for the delay in the appointment of V-C.
Badal also denied that a file pertaining to the appointment of V-C was stuck in the chief ministers’ office, as claimed by Mittal in various media reports. “I don’t have any file. It has been sent to Mittal, who now has to take the final call. We’ll weigh the options in the case. Starting the selection process from scratch again is also an option,” said Badal while claiming there are no differences between him and the minister over the issue.
‘Pargat should show courtesy to call me’
Badal said the Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh --- who recently turned down the government’s offer of a chief parliamentary secretary’s post --- should show the courtesy to call him over the issue of solid waste management plant. Pargat is at loggerheads with the government over the project.
“It’s Pargat’s duty to meet me and discuss his problems. Look at me, I go to people and listen to their problems in the scorching heat. It’s my duty,” said Badal.