With the cash-strapped Punjab government having resorted to mortgage many properties, including widow homes and jails, to raise funds, Congress leader and MLA Sunil Kumar Jakhar on Thursday said that the state government might even resort to mortgage part of the Punjab civil secretariat in Chandigarh.
Addressing a press conference here, Jakhar said that the SAD-BJP government was claiming to have sufficient funds with it, but the same government was not able to pay the workers of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and even the school children covered under the post-matric scholarship scheme.
Alleging that the state government was abdicating its responsibilities, Jakhar said that throwing a challenge doesn’t behove a government that is facing many challenges on the administrative front.
Jakhar, who was accompanied by some members of the organising committee for the December 15 Congress rally here to mark the coronation of Captain Amarinder Singh as Punjab Congress president, said that the Punjab government was facing challenges of unemployment, drug problem, farmers’ problems and many other issues and it is time for the state government to take on these challenges instead of indulging in throwing challenges of organising rallies.
Accusing the SAD of working to foil the Congress rally, Jakhar said that not only bus operators are being pressurised not to provide buses for the Congress rally, but even private schools have been instructed not to give their vehicles to the party.
Jakhar said that the SAD-BJP government has already started to behave like opposition. He said that, under the leadership of PPCC president Captain Amarinder Singh, the party would go to the public with its development agenda in the 2017 assembly polls.
On the differences within the state Congress leadership, Jakhar said that they have learnt from previous mistakes and were united.
The other members of the rally organising committee were MLAs Hardial Singh Kamboj and Ajaib Singh Bhatti and former MLA Harminder Singh Jassi.