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Captain demands white paper from Sukhbir on Punjab’s economy

punjab Updated: Feb 07, 2016 18:54 IST
Captain Amarinder Singh

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh (HT File Photo)

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday demanded a white paper on the state’s economy and blamed the SAD-BJP government for allegedly putting the state into “financial mess.”

Captain, in a statement issued in Chandigarh,demanded that deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal bring a white paper on the state of economy in Punjab.

“The state debt has already crossed 1.25 lakh crore and by the time the Akalis are thrown out, the debt would already have crossed Rs 1.4 lakh crore,” Amarinder claimed.

“So much so the state has to take loans to service its debts,” he said and alleged that the Akalis have mortgaged the jails and old age homes to get further loans for survival. “And if Sukhbir still believes that the state of economy is not bad and this was being deliberately done to malign the government’s image, he should better bring out the truth before the public,” he said.

Amarinder also targeted Shiromani Akali Dal’s ally Bharatiya Janata Party in the state and alleged, “BJP cannot wriggle out of the mess it has created in Punjab in alliance with the SAD by simply walking out at the eleventh hour after having enjoyed power for last nine years.”

Reacting to the reports that some state BJP leaders want to part ways with the Akalis, the PCC president said, although it was their internal affair whether to continue with the alliance or not, one thing the party cannot escape is the onus and responsibility for being partners in the “sins of omission and commission” of this government during last nine years.

“If BJP thinks that by walking out of the alliance at the eleventh hour, people of Punjab can forgive it, the party is badly mistaken,” he said, while pointing out, at no point of time did the party raise any objection to the “rampant loot” the Akalis resorted to.

He said, rather they became “equal partners” in everything.

“It is not that the party has woken up to some moral consciousness, but the harsh realisation that it cannot win even a single seat in alliance with the Akalis and that is the reason why the party wants to walk out now,” said Captain, claiming, whether the BJP remains with the Akalis or walks out both the parties are destined to be “doomed” in 2017.