Rural development minister Surjit Singh Rakhra on Wednesday alleged that state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh was playing with the interests of the state by asking the Centre not to waive any loan of Punjab.
Rakhra, who addressed a press conference here in market board office, alleged that such views by a senior state leader were misleading and would only mar the state's chances of getting any waiver from the Centre.
"The real face of the Congress party has been exposed after this statement. Captain claims himself to a guardian of the interests of Punjab but in reality was harming the state by exhorting the Union goverment not to provide any kind of financial relief."
He demanded that for giving such statements that were against the interests of Punjab, Captain should tender a public apology.
The minister said the loan waiver was a right of Punjab since the state had suffered a lot because of militancy and the biggest debt of the state pertained to that period only.
"Even after hard days of militancy and because of a border state with an un-predictable neighbouring country, the state did not receive enough investments. So a one-time waiver is a must to put the state's growth on fast track," the minister said.
He also inaugurated a seminar on village development conducted by Panchayati Raj development of the district.