Badal ‘sold off’ Punjab’s interest for a cabinet berth to bahu: Cong leader

  • Kamaljit Singh Kamal, Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
  • Updated: Nov 29, 2014 20:20 IST

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) general secretary Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa on Saturday said, “Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has sold the interest of Punjab to the newly-formed Modi government just for a berth for his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal in the Modi cabinet.”

Stating that the portfolio given to Harsimrat was “unimportant”, he said the CM had failed to bring any new project from the Modi government to Punjab.

Bajwa said while campaigning during the last general elections, Badal used to say that if the Modi government came to power, the truckloads of money would come to Punjab for developmental projects. Bajwa questioned to Badal: “Where have those truckloads of money gone missing?”

“The Akalis used to falsely implicate the UPA governments for meting step-motherly treatment to Punjab in issuing grants for various projects. However, the fact is that all the past and current developmental and welfare schemes were launched in Punjab by the previous UPA government,” he claimed.

“In fact, the Modi government has been seeking explanations from the Badal government over the ‘misuse’ of the central funds that were meant for various projects and schemes, but were spent on ‘useless’ sangat darshan programmes of Badal,” said Bajwa, adding, only after receiving a satisfactory reply from the

Punjab government, the central government would release fresh grants. Bajwa said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was much aware about the involvement of the Akalis in huge corruption, therefore, he was hesitant in sending more funds to the Punjab government.

Bajwa questioned how the Akalis claimed themselves to be pro-farmers when their government failed even to pay the price of paddy procured by the government procurement agencies in the present season.

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